€20,249 has been granted to Athy and Leixlip Libraries for equipment to assist people with special needs, Fine Gael TD and chairman of the Parliamentary Party Martin Heydon has confirmed.


Deputy Heydon said: “I am delighted to confirm that €20,249 in funding has been allocated for Tovertafel Projector for Athy and Leixlip, which was approved by Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring, TD.


“This funding announcement will support the provision of sensory facilities and equipment in public libraries that can help individuals with sensory impairments, special educational needs and other learning differences, and those on the Autism spectrum.

“Libraries are focal points of communities throughout the country and hubs for education and work, with Fine Gael recognising the value of these invaluable local resources through increased investment.

“A total of €691,231 will be invested in libraries across the country by the Department of Rural and Community Development, and this amount will be matched with a contribution of €220,000 from the relevant Library Authorities.

“I was also pleased to hear the Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring, has decided to expand the My Open Library Service, which allows access to public libraries on a self-service basis from 8am to 10pm, 365 days a year.”