Thursday, 8 July 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
508. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the amount of funding already allocated to the provision of a new library in Kilkenny city; if his recent announcement of promised funding is in addition to that already allocated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31063/10]
Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy Michael Finneran): In August 2008, my Department issued a circular to all library authorities in relation to a new capital programme. As part of that circular, proposals from previous capital programmes which had not received tender approval were withdrawn. A proposal for a new library headquarters for Kilkenny had been in place for some time but had not progressed in part due to lack of a suitable site.
As a result, no funding had been allocated to the provision of a new library in Kilkenny prior to the announcement on 5 July, 2010 of €350,000 in 2011 for a central library in Kilkenny City. This will form part of the 2010-2011 Libraries Capital Programme.
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