Mr Seán Canney TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, today (Friday 19th July 2019) approved €650,000 to provide library supports to communities and individuals at risk of being socially excluded, marginalised or disadvantaged. Payments will be made from Mr Michael Ring, TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development.
Announcing the funding, Minister Canney said,
Minister Ring commented on the announcement
The funding will:
Minister Ring added
He also thanked the local authorities and the library staff for their ongoing commitment and support to the public library service.
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**Notes to Editor
The strategy has three Strategic Programmes that reflect the core functions of the public library service –
• Reading and Literacy,
• Information and Learning, and
• Community and Culture.
It focuses on removing barriers to access and improving accessibility for all. The library service will draw on capacity across the library network to support and facilitate services provided by other sectors, developing existing relationships and building new ones to support delivery of integrated public services.
Libraries will also work with local partners to reach disadvantaged, marginalised and new communities, increasing these communities’ awareness of services available and firmly establishing the library as a resource for all.
The strategy will be delivered using enablers such as: –
**Sustainable Development Goals
In September 2015, UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ("Transforming our World"). The 2030 Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity and applies to both developed and developing countries.
The centre piece of the 2030 Agenda is the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs, reflect economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. The Goals cover policy areas such as: ending poverty, access to health and education services, economic development, protection of the environment, gender equality, peaceful societies and human rights.