€1.2m in extra funding for Boyle Library

A further €1.2m in funding was allocated for the Boyle Library project by Minister for Community and Rural Development Heather Humphreys last Thursday.

Originally the minister allocated €4,381,178 for the project, however following procurement tenders, Roscommon Co. Council sought a further €1.2m which has now been provided.

The Library for Boyle project is now costed at €6.9m when matching funding by Roscommon County Council is added.

Welcoming news of the extra funding, Deputy Frank Feighan described it as “a further economic and urban regeneration boost” for his home town.

“Only two weeks ago Minister Humphreys was in Boyle to open ‘An Rioga’, the former Royal Hotel in Boyle, a move which was received with great enthusiasm from local people who for too long were looking at an old derelict building in their town. Now it will be transformed into a multipurpose creative centre that will host exhibitions and become a civic space for the town with a beautiful outdoor space to the rear of the building”.

He continued: “The total cost of the two projects will mean a spend of €10m for Boyle which I hope will further stimulate more investment, both private and public”.

Deputy Feighan thanked Minister Humphreys who he said had taken on board his request for the extra €1.2m to be granted in order to ensure that the project could proceed without delay.

He also acknowledged the work of staff of Roscommon County Council.