Minister John Paul Phelan
Libraries across Kilkenny city and county are to benefit from €168,776 Government funding, according to Minster for State, John Paul Phelan who said it represents an unprecedented Government investment in our public libraries. The funding will allow for the modernisation of our library service and for the extension of library opening hours.
“This investment package comprises €126,582 from the Department of Rural and Community Development, supplemented by additional funding of €42,194 from Kilkenny County Council and is in addition to significant funding already provided by Minister Ring’s Department for public libraries here this year," Minister Phelan said.
“Here in Kilkenny this investment will enable the implementation of our new public library strategy which will be launched early next year and which will be focused on modernising the public library service and enhancing the range and quality of services available to users.
“It’s an ambitious strategy which is aimed at increasing library membership and usage of our public libraries. This programme of funding demonstrates Fine Gaels continued commitment to the public library service over the coming five-year period of the strategy," the minister added.