Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins has welcomed the funding announcement from Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring T.D., of €173,100 for Roscommon Libraries and funding of €374,259 for Galway libraries.

Senator Hopkins stated, “This comes as part of a major investment package for digital services and facilities in public libraries, benefitting 309 libraries across the country. €6 million of this investment is being made available from the Department of Rural & Community Development, and €2 million will be provided by local authorities.”

Senator Hopkins said that, “This investment will be used to enhance the ICT infrastructure in our libraries and will attract even more users to them. The funding includes the provision of: 

 iPads/tablets/smart devices for users and for staff to assist users

•Computers and workstations including image deployment technology 

• Software to support design, gaming and coding

• Meeting space technology

• Podcasting equipment and workstations 

• “Dementia Tables” which facilitate play and learning for people with mild to severe dementia as well as those with intellectual disabilities, learning difficulties and autism

• Mobile LCD screens with audio

• Interactive whiteboards

• Digital training suites”

Senator Hopkins concluded, “Our libraries form a central hub within our communities and this funding will allow them to further integrate technology into their service and expand their community use.”