Local Fianna Fáil TD and Party spokesperson on Arts, Culture, and Heritage, Niamh Smyth, has welcomed the announcement to funding which will see the delivery of a new Civic Centre in Virginia, County Cavan and the Gate Lodge in Castleblayney.
Deputy Smyth said, “The investment of nearly €4m for a Civic Centre in Virginia is very welcome but it is imperative we see the delivery of this project. We are dealing with a government famed for announcements without substance.
“The new facility in Virginia will offer a space for artists and creatives to blossom in Virginia. With new office spaces, theatre space, and other facilities it is eagerly awaited by the community.
“Gate Lodge in Castleblayney is another project which has been ring fenced for funding of €2.6million. This will see a public library, gallery, and community space for the arts in Castleblayney. Yesterday I had the Castleblayney Regeneration Committee before the Rural and Community Development Committee to discuss enhancement in smaller towns and villages. The Market House Building and Hope Castle and the uncertainty of investment for both iconic structures was raised. It’s imperative that our smaller towns get their fair share of funding and I would emphasise again that delivery is key!”
“It is a credit to local campaigners and the local authority to bring both projects this far. It is important funding is now drawn down speedily.
“I will be raising these projects with Minister Ring to ensure funding is drawn down and both centres delivered in a timely manner. I will also continue to press the need for funding for the Market House in Castleblayney and Hope Castle.” concluded Deputy Smyth.