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Cork East Fine Gael TD, David Stanton, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, that Youghal will receive Rural Regeneration and Development Fund funding of €4,048,511 for the development of  a new  public library as part of the Government’s ‘Our Rural Future’ policy.

This funding will provide for a new, modern, fully resourced library to be housed in a disused building on North Main Street in Youghal town centre. Such a project will ensure the provision of remote learning resources in the town and will further contribute towards the regeneration and improvement of the local streetscape.

Speaking upon confirmation of the funding, David Stanton said: “I am delighted to learn that such a substantial funding allocation has been secured by Cork County Council towards the cost of developing a project that I am certain will have long-lasting benefits for Youghal and the surrounding area. The development of a new local public library will see the creation of a modern facility in the town which will provide for a variety of activities including hot desking and remote learning.

“We have seen considerable Government investment in Youghal in the past number of years with funding made available for the Youghal Waste Water Treatment Plant, Clock Tower refurbishment, heritage works, Youghal Boardwalk and Pontoon. Such funding has only served to further boost Youghal’s tourism product through the continued development of the Midleton to Youghal (MY) Greenway and the hosting of the Ironman event which is scheduled to recommence this August after last year’s unfortunate cancellation due to restrictions”, concluded David Stanton.