Two projects in Ballaghaderreen will benefit from funding of €21,675 following an announcment from the Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, Sean Canney. The funding is part of €650,000 which will aim to provide library supports to communities and individuals at risk of being socially excluded, marginalised or disadvantaged.
The two Roscommon projects will be rolled out in partnership with the GRETB, Tusla and Foroige.
Announcing the funding, Minister Canney said: “Our public library system has an important role to play in delivering additional educational services to comply with our Sustainable Development Goals. I am delighted to approve this funding which will help meet the needs of a diverse range of individuals and communities and facilitate inclusion and participation by all”.
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring also commented on the announcement.
“I am delighted that this funding has been allocated to libraries across the country. Everyone should feel that the library is a space for them. This funding will help reach out to communities who may not have previously engaged with the service,” he said.
The funding will provide access to educational, lifelong learning, social inclusion, and community participation supports available through the public library service. It will also support digital literacy, digital access and digital capacity for disadvantaged and marginalised communities, and provide literacy supports in tandem with the national Right-to-Read Programme.