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341 Projects Benefit From Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2016

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:00:00 GMT

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Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has announced that 341 projects across Ireland will share in a €2 million investment package as part of the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2016.

The funding will allow for the conservation and repair of protected structures across the country, the scheme following the same model as the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme which proved to be very successful in 2014.  It is expected that the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2016 will leverage an additional €7 million in private funds and will generate significant employment in the conservation and construction industries.

Speaking about the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2016, Minister Humphreys said:

"This investment scheme will support heritage buildings and jobs in the conservation sector right across the country.  The €2 million investment will leverage an additional €7 million in private sector funds and will stimulate labour intensive projects nationwide.

"Ireland's heritage buildings and protected structures are a vital part of the infrastructure of our villages, towns, and cities including our national economy.  The economic recovery is allowing for increased investment in our heritage assets.  As this scheme illustrates, investing in our built heritage is not just good for the individual properties concerned, but can also provide a real boost to job creation in the construction, conservation and tourism sectors. 

"A wide range of properties will benefit, including country houses and townhouses, churches, railway stations, thatched houses and other protected structures. 

"I would like to acknowledge the contribution of the local authorities in embracing this scheme, which will have a positive impact on protected structures across the country.  I am also delighted by the response of private owners and their willingness to release substantial private matching funds and invest in our built heritage."

Of the 341 projects considered, the majority were for places of worship and residential use.  The main type of works for which funding was sought was for roof repairs and for the restoration of external joinery.  A number of applications were for the re-thatching of buildings of special interest.

Notable protected structures among the applications were the Church of Ireland churches in Collon, County Louth; Westport, County Mayo; Lismore, County Waterford, and the cathedral in Limerick City.  Some of our finest country houses have also been provided funding including Borris House, County Carlow; Bantry House, County Cork; and Stradbally Hall, County Laois.  Important Georgian townhouses include 63 Merrion Square, Dublin, and 5 John's Square North, Limerick.  Other important structures include the former railway station at Glaslough, County Monaghan.

Click here to download the full list of successful projects: Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2016 Projects