Approval announced for 20 Clare heritage projects under Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme 2014 – Breen

March 31st, 2014 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs Pat Breen TD has welcomed the news that the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan T.D. has today (Monday) approved funding in principle for 20 Clare Heritage projects under the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme 2014.

Overall, 618 projects at protected building and historic structures across the State, with a combined value of €21 million of which €5 million is from the taxpayer are being progress under the scheme.

The Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme 2014 was introduced to support the built heritage and encourage small-scale, labour intensive project to repair and conserve protected structures and buildings in architectural conservation areas. Under the scheme grants owners and occupiers of such structures could apply for grants of between €2,500 and €15,000 for essential repairs.

“I am very pleased that funding of €120,000 in principle has been approved for 20 Clare Heritage projects. The projects to benefit range from the Vandeleur Wall Gardens €5,000, the former railway station in Moyasta €5,000, St Cronan’s Church in Tuamgraney €4,000 and Christchurch C of I in Spanish Point €10,000 and as many of the projects to be funded are in private ownership, this funding be matched by 50% private funding which demonstrates how this scheme will act as a catalyst for economic growth and job creation.

I would also compliment Clare County Council who has responsibility for administrating this Scheme for embracing this Scheme.

Our built heritage provides with physical evidence of the past and links us to events, people and innovations which have shaped us and we have a responsibility to protect significant heritage places for future generations.

By making it a condition of the scheme that taxpayer funds will at least be matched by private funding, this innovative approach ensures that significant investment is made in protecting our built heritage while providing real benefits in job creation in the various local areas.

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Clare County Council €121,000 20