Fine Gael TD for Kildare South and Chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party, Martin Heydon has welcomed the allocation of €26,082 in Government funding granted to  18 Men’s Sheds in Kildare.


Deputy Heydon said “It is really positive to see the Government supporting the The Irish Men’s Sheds Association which does fantastic work. I have seen first-hand the positive impact of their activities here in Kildare.


“Last Summer, my colleague Minister Ring allocated €500,000 under the Men’s Sheds stream of the Community Enhancement Programme to enable individual Sheds to update their facilities by purchasing equipment or by carrying out minor works to improve their shed.


“Each Local Authority area was then allocated funding and the application process was overseen by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) around the country.


“I am delighted to say that 18 Men’s Sheds in Kildare were successful in their applications.


“These groups will receive €1,449 each in funding to update and improve their facilities.


“Men’s Sheds are a great outlet for men in Kildare to connect with each other in their locality, to share their skills and to work together on community projects.


“Not only is this good for the health and wellbeing of the men themselves but it’s also of great benefit to the wider community. I will continue to support my local Men’s Shed and I strongly welcome the Government funding to assist their work.”