Rural towns and villages across the country are in for a funding windfall to the tune of €15m.
Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has made the announcement.
Over the next 15 months up to 200 towns and villages will benefit from funding under the 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme, which will be made available through Local Authorities to support rural regeneration.
At least of 60% of the funding available will be awarded to towns and villages with a population of less than 5,000 people.
Minister Ring says he is expecting a lot of communities to apply.
"The announcement I'm making today, €15m for the regeneration of rural towns, the Town and Village Renewal Scheme," he said.
"It's a scheme that has already supported in over 200 rural towns and villages throughout the country.
"This scheme has been very much welcomed in the past but I'm actually looking forward and asking when can this scheme be opened again.
This scheme is opening today and we will have many applications throughout the country for this scheme.
Communities can contact their local councils to apply for the funding.
The final project selection will be made in July by the Department of Rural and Community Development. Successful projects will be expected to commence by year-end and can run throughout 2019.