Fine Gael Senator Michael Comiskey, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, that €14,000 will be provided to protect vulnerable structures in County Sligo and Leitrim.
The money has been made available under the Department’s Structures at Risk Fund which assists with works to safeguard structures, in private and civic ownership, protected under the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2011.
“I am delighted that this money has been allocated to help preserve some of our most important historical buildings. The funding provided for preservation and restoration works is vital in order to safeguard our rich heritage and attract visitors,” he said.
“The money will be used to carry out vital conservation work at Manorhamilton Castle, Co Leitrim and Ahamlish Church of Ireland, Grange, County Sligo. The inclusion of these structures is an acknowledgement of their importance and recognition of the work of community groups and the tidy towns who have been working for many years in protecting the heritage of these sites.
“This is an investment not just in our cultural heritage but also in our tourism industry. Our old and historical buildings are a real national asset and are a significant factor in attracting visitors to Ireland. Foreign and domestic tourism is a major source of job creation and provides financial benefit to many communities.”
Senator Comiskey also welcomed Fine Gael Senator funding for four vital flood mitigation projects under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme.
“I am delighted that Leitrim County Council is to receive funding under the scheme in order to address flooding issues in the county. This announcement provides funding totalling €78,000 which will be used in four flood relief projects in the county, namely: The construction of an embankment between Bonet River and the R289 at Stonepark, Dromahair as well as three channel cleaning projects in Greyfield, Killargue (R280) and Carrowcrin (LP4253-1). I hope that works will commence on these projects shortly,” he said.