Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2023
I welcome todays announcement, that 8 heritage properties in County Laois and 16 in County Offaly will receive funding under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme in 2023.
The Built Heritage Investment Scheme assists with the cost of mostly small-scale, labor-intensive projects to repair and maintain our historic built environment. So many of our localities have buildings with thatched roofs, stained glass windows or are of importance for other reasons and we need to protect them for all our benefit.
I see three thatched buildings in my own area of Geashill are included this year. They, like so many of our heritage buildings, are an invaluable part of our sense of place. Well done to the Heritage Offices of Laois and Offaly County Councils for their preparative work on this scheme and to my colleague Malcolm Noonan, for his continued support of our built heritage. These projects across Laois and Offaly will also support local jobs in conservation and traditional skills.