Over €160,000 in­vest­ment in lo­cal li­braries

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

LI­BRARIES in County Wicklow are set to ben­e­fit from €161,515 in Gov­ern­ment fund­ing as an­nounced last week by the Min­is­ter for Ru­ral and Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment, Michael Ring TD.

The fund­ing will al­low for the mod­erni­sa­tion of the lo­cal li­brary ser­vice and for the ex­ten­sion of open­ing hours.

The an­nounce­ment co­in­cided with Wicklow’s host­ing of The Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion of Ire­land Pub­lic Li­braries Sec­tion an­nual con­fer­ence in Ti­nakilly House.

Min­is­ter An­drew Doyle said this lat­est fund­ing rep­re­sents un­prece­dented Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment in Wicklow’s pub­lic li­braries.

‘This in­vest­ment pack­age com­prises €121,136 from the De­part­ment of Ru­ral and Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment, sup­ple­mented by ad­di­tional fund­ing of €40,379 from Wicklow County Coun­cil. This fund­ing is in ad­di­tion to sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing al­ready pro­vided by Min­is­ter Ring’s De­part­ment for pub­lic li­braries here this year.

‘Here in Wicklow this in­vest­ment will en­able the im­ple­men­ta­tion of our new pub­lic li­brary strat­egy which will be launched early next year and which will be fo­cused on mod­ernising the pub­lic li­brary ser­vice and en­hanc­ing the range and qual­ity of ser­vices avail­able to users.

‘It’s an am­bi­tious strat­egy which is aimed at in­creas­ing li­brary mem­ber­ship and us­age of our pub­lic li­braries,’ said Min­is­ter Doyle

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