Donegal TD Joe McHugh has secured a €2.1million investment to develop a new community facility housing a public library, a family resource centre and An Foróige in Donegal Town.Almost half of the funding has been awarded by Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development, and the remainder will be provided by Donegal County Council.
Mr McHugh said: “Libraries are a part of the social fabric of a community and this significant investment will do wonders for bringing people together to learn from each other, not just from books. “It is not just a place for storing books, this new facility will become a community hub and help as a place for people to develop skills and interests. “I cannot thank Minister Ring highly enough for the work that he and his department have put into getting this multimillion euro investment over the line. “It will pay off in spades with the value it will bring to the community of Donegal Town.”
The project is due to be complete by 2020. The multi-purpose community facility will include a new public library running to 630 square metres. It is expected to attract an additional 70-80,000 visits a year as more local people, visitors and tourists make use of the new facility. Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development, said: “I am delighted to allocate €1 million for this multi-purpose facility which will have a really positive impact on Donegal Town. “The library will meet the significant and diverse needs of the local community and will act as a hub of educational, cultural, information resources and civic engagement.”
Reference list: Joe McHugh. 2018. Retrieved from http://www.donegalmatters.com/2018/05/minister-mchugh-secures-more-than-e2million-funding-for-a-new-library-for-donegal/