€276,000 available for Carlow for enhanced library services – Deering

25th July, 2011


Investment of €5.8 million nationally for libraries will benefit bookworms and jobseekers as well as wider communities



Carlow Fine Gael TD Pat Deering has today welcomed the news that €5.8 million is to be made available to enhance library services across the country with Carlow in line to


receive €276,000 under the new capital investment programme.



The announcement by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, that almost €6 million will be provided nationally will allow new libraries to be built, older ones refurbished and new books and resources to be purchased for our libraries this year.



“News that Muinebheag is set to benefit to the tune of €276,000 under the new capital investment programme is fantastic news for the town and surrounding areas. These additional funds will mean that so many people in the constituency, from lovers of books to those seeking access to training facilities from their local library, will gain from this investment.



“Libraries have become increasingly popular with a resurgence in the numbers visiting their local library in recent years. It is estimated that libraries across the country have had upwards of 16 million visits in 2010 alone.



“This investment will allow for the further development of the national library service and for the people of Muinebheag it will mean major refurbishment works, which will result in a brighter more modern building, but at the same time retaining the character of this beautiful old protected building. Libraries help communities to progress and develop and in these stringent times they allow those who may not have access to extra cash to spend on literature, to continue to feed their love of books.



“For those looking to secure employment, the library is an invaluable resource as it provides  free access to the internet, as well as wide variety of skills and language training facilities.



“The maintenance of our libraries as a community hub must be protect so that people of all ages and backgrounds have a local centre that they can draw from and which acts as a central focus of the local area. The Minister’s provision of these much needed funds will ensure just that for the people of Bagenalstown.




Contact: Pat Deering