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€130k to Improve Drogheda and Ardee Library Facilities – O’Dowd

New Government funding has been announced to improve library facilities in the Drogheda and Ardee library branches, a Fine Gael TD has said.

Deputy O’Dowd was speaking as his colleague the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, today (Tuesday, July 26th) announced an investment of over €3.1 million in 46 library branches across the country.

O’Dowd said “€107k is being granted by the Department to Louth County Council to enhance both the Drogheda and Ardee libraries respectively, Louth County Council will provide a top up of €12k to provide an overall investment of €130k in the local services.

“The My Open Library is due to launch in Drogheda by the end of the August which is a long awaited project which will no doubt be very well received, the Department has allocated €79k to the Drogheda site which will be topped up by Louth County Council to provide a total investment of €88k to upgrade and enhance the location.

“Ardee who will relaunch their Open Library shortly will see a total project fund of €30,423 to enhance it’s technology offering which I know will be very well received in the area and encourage more users to the amenity.

Minister Humphreys made the announcement as the World Library Congress opens in Dublin. The event is hosting approximately 1700 delegates from 100 countries.

Announcing the €3.1 million investment, Minister Humphreys said: “I’m delighted to make this announcement as the World Library Congress opens in Dublin, and runs over three days.

“Supporting our libraries is a key priority of mine as Minister for Rural and Community Development.

“They provide such essential services to people, both young and old, and this funding will give so many more people greater access to their local branch.

“It reflects the fact too that some people like to visit their library early in the morning or late in the evening due to work commitments.”

ENDS

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