Kilkenny TD John Paul Phelan
An allocation of over €2.56 million has been confirmed to Kilkenny County Council for the €2.8 million development of a modern library and other community facilities in Thomastown
Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan said the funding is a timely boost for the town and surrounding hinterland.
“This will be transformative for Thomastown. Not only will we get a new, modern library measuring over 500 square feet but it will be a fantastic public facility which will include printing services and study space for all. It is also planned to have the library open from early to late, seven days a week.
“The vacated, old library building is also getting a very welcome boost and it will revert back for use by Thomastown Community Centre and its members. All of this investment will totally transform essential community services in Thomastown and will future proof it and benefit so many.
“Fine Gael is committed to supporting services in rural communities and this investment will contribute greatly to the regeneration of the town and the provision of services to so many different age groups, interest groups, associations and more. It’s all exceptionally good news for Thomastown and the surrounding hinterland and the services provided for the community for years to come,” Deputy Phelan said.
The funding is part of a €75million announcement for 24 landmark regeneration projects in rural communities across the country.
Deputy John McGuinness also welcomed the funding.
"This is great news for Thomastown and will bring a great boost to the locality with the development of a community facility that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
“Creating social and cultural focal points like this is of huge importance and this is a very positive investment that will bring great benefit to the people of Thomastown and surrounding areas,” he said.
Welcoming the news on behalf of Kilkenny County Council, Chairman Andrew McGuinness said, “I’m delighted to welcome this very positive news today and particularly happy for the people in Thomastown who will now get their own state of the art facility that will help their community to thrive. Today is a good day for Kilkenny and a great day for Thomastown."
Local councillor Peter 'Chap' Cleere, who is the chair of the Callan-Thomastown Municipal District, has also welcomed the announcement, hailing the funding as great news.
The funding, which is being provided under the €1Billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund will support the key objectives of Our Rural Future - the Government’s ambitious new policy for Rural Ireland.
Announcing the funding today, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys said:
“Just three weeks ago, the Government launched Our Rural Future, the most ambitious and transformational policy for rural development in decades.
“Today we are putting that policy firmly into action and delivering major investment aimed at town centre regeneration and supporting remote working.
“These projects will breathe new life into towns and villages across the country making them attractive and vibrant places for people to live, work, socialise and raise a family.”
A large number of the successful projects provide for the regeneration of vacant town centre buildings as remote working and hot-desking facilities. These projects will support remote workers and commuters to work from and remain in their own local community.