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Funding for innovative solution to rural transport issues

Date issued: 09/03/18

Clare County Council has been allocated part-funding of €25,000 from Enterprise Ireland to explore the feasibility of delivering an Uber-type solution to addressing rural transport issues in Clare.

The initiative is among the actions identified in the Clare Rural Development Strategy 2026, a 10-year blueprint launched last year which targets the creation of 4,000 jobs through the development of community-led social enterprises supported by Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Office Clare, the Office of the Action Plan for Jobs (APJ), the LEADER Programme and the rural and community support unit of Clare County Council.

Clare County Council says it will shortly invite companies to tender to develop a solution to address rural transport issues whose feasibility will be assessed by an expert panel. The Council’s Rural Development Directorate has invited the Western Development Commission (WDC) to assist in the assessment process.

Should the Feasibility Phase prove successful Clare County Council will apply to Enterprise Ireland for additional funding to help complete the development of a Prototype in Phase 2 (late Summer 2018).  The Prototype Phase will also involve an open tender process and will be used to identify companies who can deliver the solution(s) that were considered feasible in Phase 1.

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 09/03/18