Minister Joe O’Brien announces supports for libraries in Fingal

22nd July, 2021

  • €28,621.85 funding package for Fingal Libraries from the 2021 Dormant Accounts Action Plan
  • Funding aimed to assist public libraries in reaching out to marginalised, socially excluded and disadvantaged communities

Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD, has announced €28,621.85 in funding for library supports in Fingal.

The funding, under the Dormant Accounts Action Plan, is designed to assist libraries in reaching out to older people, the unemployed and other marginalised, socially excluded and disadvantaged groups.

Commenting on the funding, Minister O’Brien said:

“I am delighted to approve these projects under the 2021 Dormant Accounts Action Plan. The projects are diverse in nature and target a multiplicity of groups including migrant families, residents of deprived areas, and the elderly who have experienced isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is also funding to support children with language development needs and the ASD community. This funding package will build on the excellent projects which were delivered last year and also helps our public libraries to foster community well-being and build community cohesion in their role as community hubs.”

The three projects being funded in Fingal include a sensory and wellbeing festival for

primary school groups, and a programme to engage with migrant families

who may have issues around literacy or not have English as their first language.

Minister O’Brien added:

“I am particularly pleased that this funding supports the installation of equipment in public libraries which will improve accessibility for people with a disability, sensory needs, autism, and older members of our community. Our public libraries are welcoming and inclusive spaces and it is important that everybody can avail of the services that they provide.”

Minister O’Brien also thanked the local authorities and the library staff for their ongoing commitment and support to the public library service.