21/10/15

Minister Humphreys announces new €2 million investment scheme for built heritage

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms Heather Humphreys, TD, has today (Wednesday) announced a new €2 million investment scheme for the repair and conservation of protected structures.  This fund will operate on the same model as the very successful Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme (BHJLS), which ran in 2014, and is expected to support a significant number of projects across the country and create employment in the conservation and construction industries.

Speaking today the Minister said:

“This investment is possible thanks to the increase in funding for my Department in the recent Budget. The €2 million fund will encourage the investment of private capital in small-scale, labour-intensive projects to repair and conserve historic structures. This will improve the appearance and structure of historic buildings across the country and will also support jobs in the conservation and construction industries.

“Well maintained historic buildings contribute positively to the vitality of our cities, towns, villages and countryside. Local communities have a great sense of pride in their built heritage, which in turns can help to provide an important source of local employment by boosting tourism.

“This new scheme will operate on the same model as the BHJLS, which was a great success in 2014. It will help to regenerate urban and rural areas and will come as a welcome boost to the custodians of heritage properties.

“Our heritage is one of the main attractions for visitors to Ireland and within Ireland and its conservation reinforces and promotes our growing tourism and recreational industry. Our heritage is also an extremely important element in our cultural landscape and I am pleased that, thanks to the economic recovery, we are once again in a position to invest in the heritage sector.”

ENDS

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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