Frank Feighan TD, Fine Gael has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Arts, that €18,000 funding will be provided to protect vulnerable structures in Co. Roscommon.
The project are: Roscommon County Council; Killinovoy, Knockcroghery €10,000 and Stations of the Cross memorials, St. Colman’s graveyard, Ardsallagh Beg €8,000.
The money has been made available under the Department’s Structures at Risk Fund which assists with works to safeguard structures, in private and civic ownership, protected under the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2011.
“I am delighted that this money has been allocated to help preserve some of our most important historical buildings. €18,000 has been provided for the preservation and restoration of our historical buildings in Co. Roscommon]. This type of conservation work is vital in order to safeguard our rich heritage and attract visitors.
“The money will be used to carry out vital conservation work at Killinovoy and St. Colman’s graveyard in Roscommon.
“This is part of an overall national spend of €712,000 announced by Minister Deenihan to support the conservation and protection of a range of important heritage buildings across Ireland as part of the Structures at Risk Fund.
“The money is allocated to assist with works to safeguard protected structures, in private and civic ownership.
This year, 41 projects in 27 local authority areas are being supported.
“This is an investment not just in our cultural heritage but also in our tourism industry. Our old and historical buildings are a real national asset and are a significant factor in attracting visitors to Ireland.
Foreign and domestic tourism is a major source of job creation and provides financial benefit to many communities,” says Deputy Feighan.
Issue dated: 29 June 2012
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