09/02/2015

€624,000 Fund To Protect Heritage Buildings

A total of €624,000 is to be invested in upgrading and protecting heritage buildings in Ireland.

The funding has been made available under the Structures at Risk Fund 2015. The fund is used to safeguard structures in both private and civic ownership, which are protected under the Planning and Development Act 2000. It can also apply to certain structures within Architectural Conservation Areas.

The works usually funded under the scheme include roof repairs, measures to ensure weather tightness, and structural consolidation.

Welcoming the funding, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, said: "This scheme encourages the regeneration and reuse of heritage properties and helps to secure the preservation of protected structures which might otherwise be lost. Since 2011, over 100 structures have been safeguarded for the future as a result of the SRF scheme.

"Continuing the scheme this year will allow individuals and Local Authorities to take positive action to protect heritage buildings and structures in their area. Our built heritage is an incredibly important asset in terms of tourism and for the pride and enjoyment of local communities.

"By continuing to support best practice in the conservation of protected structures, we can preserve our built heritage for future generations and boost our attractiveness as a tourist destination, while also contributing to local employment."

(JP/CD)

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