Written answers

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

Library Projects

Photo of James BannonJames Bannon (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael)
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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]

Photo of Phil HoganPhil Hogan (Minister, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government; Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
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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.

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