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€500,000 initiative launched to help Creeslough recover after explosion tragedy

The scene of the suspected gas explosion in Creeslough, Co Donegal, where 10 people were killed last October. Picture by Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Paul Ainsworth

A NEW €500,000 boost for Creeslough aims to help the Co Donegal village as it recovers from the explosion last year that claimed the lives of 10 people.

The Republic's community development minister Joe O'Brien announced the Creeslough Together Initiative funding on Wednesday, which will "support the community as it recovers through the coming years".

Among the victims of the suspected gas explosion last October, which destroyed an Applegreen service station and an adjoining apartment complex, were two teenagers and a five-year-old girl and her father.

The new initiative will be delivered over a three-year period, with consultation ongoing with the wider community.

Mr O'Brien said: "The 7th of October marked a dark day for the people of Creeslough, and the road to recovery will be a long one. Since the awful tragedy, I have visited and engaged with key members of the Creeslough community to see what supports my department could offer to help the community going forward.

"I trust this Initiative will mark an important step towards brighter times."

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