In­crease in Louth’s fund­ing for her­itage projects

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FUND­ING for her­itage projects in Louth has in­creased by up to 58%, Deputy Fer­gus O’Dowd has stated as he wel­comed the an­nounce­ment that fund­ing of up to €79,000 has been granted to Louth for her­itage projects un­der the Built Her­itage In­vest­ment Scheme 2019.

In ad­di­tion fund­ing for projects un­der the His­toric Struc­tures Fund 2019 will be an­nounced af­ter the HSF as­sess­ments have taken place.

He urged all the author­i­ties and those with pro­tected struc­tures to ap­ply for the schemes, which close on Jan­uary 31 2019.

‘ This fund­ing will al­low for the con­ser­va­tion and re­pair of pro­tected struc­tures across the County,’ he said.’ These build­ings and struc­tures are so im­por­tant to our her­itage and iden­tity as a county, and main­tain­ing and re­pair­ing them is a cru­cial part of the re­gen­er­a­tion of our com­mu­ni­ties.’

He said that the fund­ing is also very im­por­tant in terms of de­vel­op­ing our tourism of­fer­ing and help­ing to at­tract vis­i­tors to Louth, with all the ben­e­fits that can bring.

‘ The Built Her­itage In­vest- ment Scheme and the His­toric Struc­tures Fund will sup­port the own­ers and cus­to­di­ans of pro­tected struc­tures in ev­ery lo­cal author­ity area across the coun­try in 2019 as they carry out hun­dreds of small-scale, labour-in­ten­sive projects to re­pair and con­serve our his­toric built en­vi­ron­ment. The projects will also pro­vide vi­tal sup­port for lo­cal jobs in con­ser­va­tion, tra­di­tional skills and con­struc­tion,’ the Fine Gael TD said.

Fer­gus O’Dowd TD.

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