Equine funding approval

Issued 7-6-2012

Equine development
Funding Approved -


Fine Gael Cork East TD Tom Barry, has welcomed the announcement by Minister Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government  today that he has given sanction for Avondhu Blackwater Partnership to approve funding of €198,066.44 to Thomas O’Flynn for the Development of an Equine Rehabilitation Centre under the Business Creation & Development measure of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 (RDP).

Deputy Barry said: “This is fantastic news for the region as we build on our outstanding reputation in the equine industry and I would like to wish Thomas O’Flynn and his family and Avondhu Blackwater well in this endeavour; which will bring industry, employment and success to our rural economy. The plan is for a major equine rehabilitation centre for sports horses in Buttevant; a centre which will bring injured horses back, hopefully better than they were before. This project will involve both direct and indirect jobs. There will also a considerable construction element to the project. This is a fantastic good news story for the region and families like the O’Flynn deserve a huge amount of credit for their vision and determination.”

Minister Hogan outined: “This is an exceptional example of a project that will support the diversification of the rural economy, one of the main aims of the RDP. The promoter in this case is using the resources he already has to develop a business and at the same time generate employment. The RDP was specifically designed to support this type of investment not only to diversify the rural economy but also to develop facilities in rural areas that are of benefit to both the local and wider community. I would like to take this opportunity to wish the promoter, Thomas O’Flynn, the very best as he moves forward with this development that will, I have no doubt, make a significant contribution to the rural economy of Cork going forward”.

The LEADER elements of the Programme offer many challenges and opportunities in terms of addressing the needs of improving the quality of life in rural areas and providing greater opportunities for business creation. It is focused on the development of micro-enterprises, rural services, rural recreation and rural tourism.  It is hoped that, by focusing on these services, the Programme will lead to sustainable development, which in turn
will ensure prosperity for the rural areas.