Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
436. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide funding in the 2015 budget for the construction of a new library for Edgeworthstown, County Longford on a site provided by Longford County Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25400/14]
Under Section 78 of the Local Government Act 2001, the provision of premises and facilities in the public library service is a matter for each local authority in its capacity as a library authority. My Department provides some capital funding towards approved refurbishment / renovation and new library projects carried out by local authorities, subject to availability of resources. Ahead of budgetary decisions in relation to 2015, I am not in a position to provide assurance regarding future funding by my Department towards any new library facilities. In the event of further funding being available, all submitted proposals will be objectively assessed.