Public libraries in Clare will receive funding of over €110,000 for essential upgrades and measures in response to Covid -19.

The local funding was announced by Clare TD Joe Carey as Minister of Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys unveiled total funding of €3 million to support a Small Scale Capital Works Programme in public libraries.

Deputy Carey said: “This funding will be matched by local authorities to the value of around €1.1million – giving a total investment of almost €4.1m.

“I am particularly pleased that Shannon and Ennistymon libraries will receive €111,865 for works which will range from the installation of study pods, to Perspex screens, to building extensions; all of which will make a real difference to the library buildings as they adapt to the new public health guidelines.

“Libraries play such an important role in our communities in terms of learning, self- development and for recreational purposes. This funding will ensure that these libraries have all the equipment that they need and are modern facilities that can be used now and for future generations in Clare.  

“Works will commence in the libraries over the coming weeks and will be completed by end 2020/early 2021. I would also like to thank Clare County Council and library staff in Clare for their continued hard work and effort particularly during this challenging period.”

Minister Humphreys added: “When I launched this initiative earlier in the Summer I allocated €2.5 million in total However, following the receipt of the applications, and in recognition of the breadth and quality of the proposals, I have decided to increase the overall allocation to €3m, providing each Library Authority with €100,000 for their proposed works.

“These works will strengthen the library’s position as a community hub and ensure that it is a modern, well-equipped and comfortable facility that will leave a positive legacy for years to come. In total 113 libraries will be upgraded with this funding.”