€200m to fund projects including commemoration of Easter Rising
A SERIES of flagship projects to commemorate the 1916 Rising is to get special funding as part of a €200m investment programme.
Money has also been earmarked for a number of other key areas –ranging from social housing to childcare and road improvements – in an effort to stimulate the hard-pressed construction industry.
A total of €22m will be spent on "a suite of commemoration projects," said Arts and Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan, referring to the 1916 centenary celebrations.
This will include investment in the GPO interpretative centre, including a state-of-the-art exhibition area.
Money will also be allocated to a Dublin tenement museum, in memory of the 1913 Lockout, and the cottage in Ros Muc, Co Galway, that was once used by Padraig Pearse.
Kilmainham courthouse and jail, Richmond Barracks and the Military Archives will get funding.
Money will also be provided for a memorial to the Irish Parliamentary Party leader, John Redmond, and for the National Concert Hall, where the Treaty debates took place.
"This will be very much welcomed, especially by the relatives not only of those who died in 1916, but also in the War of Independence and Civil War,'' Mr Deenihan said.
Also included in the funding scheme is a €70m redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh, which will include a centre of excellence and an all- weather training facility.
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said this investment showed the Government was anxious to facilitate the bid for the Rugby World Cup.
The exchequer is paying €30m towards the project and the remainder is being provided by the GAA.
A total of €50m allocated to social housing will see the construction of 1,000 additional units.
Meanwhile, road improvement works will get €50m. An additional €50m is being provided for public transport initiatives in rural Ireland, as well as road projects.
Mr Howlin (pictured) said the construction industry was now showing promising signs of recovery and job creation in the sector had increased.
This €200m investment plan is in addition to the €3.3bn capital investment programme already agreed by the Government.
This is the fourth instalment of its stimulus plan.