€1.4 million euro in funding has been allocated to transport people in rural Ireland to hospital appointments and other medical services, with over €220,000 allocated for six voluntary groups in Co Mayo.

The Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring approved the funding, which will go to voluntary organisations under the CLÁR programme to assist them in buying vehicles to transport people with mobility issues and to bring cancer patients to their medical appointments.

Three separate allocations have been announced for the Western Care Association to provide transport in a number of areas of Co Mayo, with funding also for the Irish Wheelchair Association and Foxford & District Alzheimers Trust.

Minister Ring told Midwest News that the funding will provide vehicles to enable people living in rural areas to travel to medical care or respite centres free of charge.

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