Rural Affairs Minister Heather Humphreys addressing members of the public in Edgeworthstown today
The long awaited unveiling of Edgeworthstown’s €4.5m library has been hailed as the just the latest stepping stone in the mid Longford town’s ongoing regenerational drive.
Rural Affairs Minister Heather Humphreys officially set the seal on a project earlier today which has been five years in the making.
Ms Humphreys said the end product was a prime embodiment of the way in which local authorities and community groups can work in perfect harmony
“This is a state of the art library,” she said at the facility’s formal opening this afternoon.
“This is about communities and local authorities working together drawing down funds from central government and this is game changing.
Ms Humphreys was in Longford to deliver a near €18.5m stimulus package as part of the Government’s Rural Future plan.
The plans provide for approximately 99 projects in 24 counties, many of which will see former banks, garda stations, convents and train stations being regenerated for community use.
Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council Cllr Peggy Nolan said the occasion represented a “fairytale ending” to a project which promised to breathe new life into Edgeworthstown and the wider local community.
County Council chief executive Paddy Mahon was equally bullish, saying the new library complex would form part of the town’s broader regenerational blueprint.
“It’s a credit to everybody that has been involved from the very beginning,” he said.
“This is part of a regeneration project in Edgeworthstown and will help fulfil the potential of the town centre.”
Mr Mahon said the imminent onset of a new digital hub on the opposite side of the town’s main street would be a “huge shot in the arm” for its economic renewal going forwards.
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