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Rathlin Island is to get Northern Ireland’s first community e-transport scheme.

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon made the announcement as she visited the island and met with the Rathlin Development and Community Association.

A community e-car scheme will benefit the wider community, while an e-bike scheme of 20 bikes will initially be available to all islanders and visitors working on the island.

The community association hopes it can be extended for visitors coming to sample the island’s natural beauty.

Ms Mallon said: “Rathlin Island is a unique and special place. It has the ambition to be a carbon neutral island and wants to continue to develop its blue green infrastructure.

“I am fully supportive of the strategic aim of the Executive’s Rathlin Island Policy to advance a sustainable island community and I am delighted to announce the development of a community-led e-transport scheme for the island which is a major step forward for islanders and visitors alike. This is an exciting development for the people of Rathlin and I am very pleased to be providing this investment through my Blue/Green Fund to help bring about lasting change for people here.

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