Clare Fine Gael Senator, Tony Mulcahy has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, that €10,000 is being allocated for conservation work to be carried out on a well known town centre building in Ennistymon.
The funding will be used to carry out vital conservation work at Byrnes Shop in Parliament Street. The money has been made available to Clare County Council 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.
Senator Mulcahy said: “I am delighted that this money has been allocated to help preserve an important historical building in Ennistymon. This type of conservation work is vital in order to safeguard the town’s rich heritage and attract visitors. I am confident that additional Clare buildings will benefit from further allocations in the coming months”
He continued: “This is part of an overall national spend of €712,000 announced by Minister Deenihan to support the conservation and protection of a range of important heritage buildings across Ireland as part of the Structures at Risk Fund. The money is allocated to assist with works to safeguard protected structures, in private and civic ownership. This year, 41 projects in 27 local authority areas, including Clare County Council, are being supported.”
“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,” concluded Senator Mulcahy.
Note to Editor:
Senator Tony Mulcahy is available for interview on 086-2436345