STILL NO JOY FOR ‘BLAYNEY AS MINISTER ANNOUNCES NEW €2M HERITAGE INVESTMENT SCHEME

29 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

THERE was some disappointment expressed by community groups in the Castleblayney area last week after it emerged that a new €2 million investment scheme for the repair and conservation of protected structures announced by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms Heather Humphreys, TD, would not result in a major facelift for two of the mid-Monaghan town’s best known landmarks, Blayney Market House and Hope Castle.

Both local authority-owned buildings are in a continuing state of deterioration and local people are still hopeful that some positive action can soon be taken for a major restoration programme.

Local Fine Gael deputy Sean Conlan said recently he was “very disappointed”   to learn that no application was made by Monaghan County Council to the government for any funding to restore the Castleblayney Market House.

Meanwhile, it is claimed, a legal wrangle over tenancy compensation has still deferred progress in relation to the restoration of Hope Castle, which was extensively damaged by fire some years ago, after being closed down.

It emerged this week that the latest fund announced by Minister Humphreys will operate on the same model as the very successful Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme,   which ran in 2014, and is expected to support a significant number of projects across the country and create employment in the conservation and construction industries.

The scheme will operate through 2016 and be administered by the Local Authority network.

It is important to note that all enquiries and application queries should be directed …

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