Minister Deenihan announces further funding for Historic Towns Initiative pilot programme in Listowel, Youghal and Westport
Jimmy Deenihan has announced further funding of €120,000 for the completion of the Historic Towns Initiative pilot programme in Listowel, Youghal and Westport.
The minister announced the funding at the launch of Listowel’s Heritage Trail which was part funded by the Historic Towns Initiative in 2013. Each of the three towns will receive €40,000 from the Department in 2014 under the initiative.
The Historic Towns Initiative (HTI) is a heritage-led regeneration
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Minister Deenihan welcomes the announcment by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring that the 2014 Sports Capital Programme will open for applications today
Minister Deenihan welcomes the announcment by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring that the 2014 Sports Capital Programme will open for applications today, Friday at 12 noon. The Minister urges all sports clubs and organisations to register as soon as possible to be in with a chance of accessing the €40 million in funding available.
“More than a thousand organisations have registered already and there is only limited time available for other sports clubs to apply. The 2012 Programme was a huge success but demand outstripped supply, with €7.50 sought for every €1 available. That’s why it’s vital for clubs and groups applying for the 2014 scheme to get registered immediately and start filling out the online form now to give themselves the best chance of making a good application,” Minister Ring said.
Following approval by Government, Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has published three documents – a draft National Peatlands Strategy, a draft National Raised Bog Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) Management Plan, and a Review of Raised Bog Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs).
These documents set out – for the first time – a strategic, long term vision for the protection of Ireland’s unique bog habitats whilst also recognising the tradition of turf cutting. The documents are available on the Department’s website and views of the public are invited before 18 April, 2014.
Jimmy Deenihan commented:
Jimmy Deenihan T.D has reminded members of the public of the approaching deadline for the submission of applications to local authorities under the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme 2014.
The deadline for receipt of applications has been set by each local authority individually but must be no later than 14 February, 2014under the terms of the scheme. The Minister has advised all potential applicants to contact their local authority as soon as possible for further details.
The Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme, with a fund of €5million in 2014, is being made available for the repair and conservation of protected structures and is the most significant investment in the country’s built heritage in recent years.
This fund will support a large number of projects across the country and employment in the conservation and construction industries, and will
Jimmy Deenihan welcomed the announcement by minister Ruairi Quinn that €15 million is to be made available over the next three years to primary schools who do not currently have book rental schemes These plans are aimed at reducing school expenses for parents and form part of a wider agenda to tackle high costs associated with school.
As part of Budget 2014, Minister Quinn announced that he had secured €15 million to support the establishment of book rental schemes in primary schools which do not currently operate them. This money is to be used as seed capital to allow primary schools to set up such book loan schemes. The funds that I have secured will now be directed towards those schools who have not yet set up such schemes so that all parents, no matter where their children go to school, have an opportunity to reduce the costs of going to school.” Schools are now being invited by letter to apply for a grant to establish book rental
€5 million public funding to be matched with €5 million from private sources
- Scheme aims to have major positive impact on national stock of heritage buildings, whilst supporting employment in all parts of Ireland
Jimmy Deenihan TD, has launched a new fund of €5 million - the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme - for the repair and conservation of protected structures.
This fund will support a significant number of projects on protected buildings across the country, and will generate employment in the conservation and construction industries and specialist trades.
The Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme will encourage the investment