The Department of Rural and Community Development has announced €190 million in funding for disadvantaged communities around the country.
The initiative will be rolled out over the next five years.
It was launched in Southill in Limerick cityby Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.
The area on the southside of the city was one of the most disadvantaged areas of the country before undergoing a radical ten-year regeneration plan.
Thousands of houses were demolished and rebuilt and commercial and community facilities completely overhauled.
The €190m announcement will build on the progress made in Southill, as well as helping deprived communities all over Ireland.
The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme offers help to the unemployed, to people with disabilities, members of the Traveller and Roma Community and single parents.
The supports include job training, reading and literacy skills and getting people back to education.
Funding of €39 million will be made available immediately as part of the five-year plan.
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