I welcome the allocation of €89,000 in funding to support 20 built Heritage projects in County Galway
“There is a range of projects which will be supported by this investment. This fund will help to safeguard our rich built heritage, keeping many buildings in use and helping to bring many others back into use. It will also have a knock-on economic benefit by providing further employment for heritage contractors and other skilled crafts and tradespeople”.
“I acknowledge the work of the Local Authorities, particularly the Architectural Conservation Officers, Heritage Officers and planning and administrative staff without whom these schemes would not exist”.
“I am encouraging the Department to review the cost of insurance for thatched properties which is acting as a deterrent to house owners to retain the thatch roofs, the availability of homeowners with thatched houses to get insurance at a reasonable cost is a cause of concern which I raised with Minister Daragh O Brien in the Dáil”.