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Minister Humphreys announces €3.3 million for Built Heritage Schemes in 2018

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2018

William Cumming, Senior Architectural Advisor, National Inventory of Architectural Heritage; Ciara Carberry, Assistant Principal, Built Heritage, Architectural Policy and Strategic Infrastructure; Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Councillor Paddy McCartan, Dublin City Council; Martin Colreavy, Principal Advisor, Built Heritage, Architectural Policy and Strategic Infrastructure; and Niall Ó Donnchú, Assistant Secretary, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, at the launch of the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2018 and the Structures at Risk Fund 2018 at the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin

 

Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has announced that the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Structures at Risk Fund will operate again in 2018.  The two schemes will provide €3.3 million in investment for the repair and conservation of Protected Structures.  The two schemes supported more than 500 projects across the country in 2017 and helped to provide employment in the conservation and construction industries.

Speaking in the National Library of Ireland at the launch of the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage Survey of Dublin South City, Minister Humphreys said:

"This investment of €3.3 million 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 turn can help to provide an important source of local employment by boosting tourism.

"Both schemes will operate on the same model as the 2017 schemes, which were a great success, funding over 500 projects across every local authority area in the country.  They will help to generate urban and rural areas, and will come as a welcome boost to the custodians of heritage properties".

A general outline of the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2018 and the Structures at Risk Fund 2018 is available here.