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Matthews welcomes grant for Medieval Arklow Project

Date: 8 October 2020


Green Party TD for Wicklow Steven Matthews TD has welcomed the news that Wicklow County Council has received a grant of 7,700 for a project relating to Medieval Arklow following an announcement from his party Colleague, Minister Malcolm Noonan. This funding comes as part of the July Jobs Stimulus Plan for National Monuments. Discussing the news, Deputy Matthews said:


“This is very positive for all those involved in the project in Arklow and it’s great to see funding go to what is sometimes an underfunded part of the county. The Community Monuments Fund has been established as part of additional capital earmarked for national monuments under the Stimulus Plan. The core objective of the Community Monuments Fund is to support the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and historic sites.


“Grants like this will also allow steps to be taken under the Climate Change Action Plan in relation to our archaeological heritage and will create employment for skilled conservation specialists and tradespeople involved in heritage-related construction activity.


“Although this particular grant stream has concluded, there will be further funding and grant opportunities coming down the line for community projects in the coming months so I would encourage all community groups to keep an eye out and to liaise with Wicklow County Council to make sure they get their applications in”, concluded Deputy Matthews.


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