Minister O’Brien and CLLR Power welcome grants for four national monuments in Fingal

10th December, 2020

Minister Joe O’Brien and Fingal TD and Cllr Karen Power have welcomed the approval of grants by their Green Party colleague, Minister Malcolm Noone, for five heritage projects at four Fingal sites under the July Jobs Stimulus package.  The funding will support four heritage sites via Fingal County Council under a new Community Monuments Fund. 

The core objective of these grants is to support the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of monuments and historic sites in Fingal.

The funding is an investment of essential capital in our valuable archaeological heritage to help owners and custodians of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public and to stimulate local employment and economic activity.

Speaking about the funding allocation for Fingal, Minister O’Brien said;

“I am delighted with this investment to support those working to care for our heritage in Fingal and to ensure the protection and promotion of our archaeological and built heritage.  The first stream of funding will include €15,000 for Drumanagh privy (Martello Tower). The grant is to assist with essential repairs and for the conservation of this archaeological monument.”

“The second stream of funding is designed to assist with the development of Conservation Management Plans/Reports aimed at identifying measures for conservation of monuments and improved public access. As part of this, €12,000 has been allocated to St Marnocks & St Catherines Churches in Portmarnock and Rush and €12,000 to the Martello Towers in Skerries and the Martello Tower in Drumanagh.”

Also welcoming the announcement was Skerries and Balbriggan Councillor, Karen Power who said;

“I want to thank Fingal County Council for their enthusiastic response to this new Fund and for drawing up these suitable projects in record time.  Our heritage is so important, especially in these challenging times, in providing recreation, comfort and a sense of well-being to communities in Fingal and I am delighted to see progress on this.”


For further information please contact Karen Power at karen.power@oireachtas.ie


Notes for Editors

What is the Scheme?

Under the Jobs Stimulus Package in July, Minister Noonan announced an allocation of €1.4m for expenditure in 2020 on improvements to national monuments, including the establishment of a new Community Monuments Fund.

The main aims of the Community Monuments Fund are the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and historic sites. It has a number of funding streams aimed at enabling conservation works to be carried out on monuments which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support, encouraging access to monuments and improve their presentation and also to build resilience in monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change.

The Community Monuments Fund will invest essential capital in our valuable archaeological heritage and help owners and custodians of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public.  The fund will, in turn, deliver a considerable boost to local employment.

The fund is administered by the National Monuments Service of the Department through the Local Authorities.