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Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2019 provides €650,000 to Library Supports for Marginalised, Socially Excluded and Disadvantaged Communities

Foilsithe: 19 July 2019
Ó: Department of Rural and Community Development
Teanga: Níl leagan Gaeilge den mhír seo ar fáil.

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,

“Our public library system has an important role to play in delivering additional educational services to comply with our Sustainable Development Goals. I am delighted to approve this funding which will help meet the needs of a diverse range of individuals and communities and facilitate inclusion and participation by all.”

Minister Ring commented on the announcement

“I am delighted that this funding has been allocated to libraries across the country. Everyone should feel that the library is a space for them. This funding will help reach out to communities who may not have previously engaged with the service.”

The funding will:

  • provide access to educational, lifelong learning, social inclusion, and community participation supports available through the public library service,
  • support digital literacy, digital access and digital capacity for disadvantaged and marginalised communities, and
  • provide literacy supports in tandem with the national Right-to-Read Programme.

Minister Ring added

“The objective of the Dormant Accounts Fund is to support people who experience economic, social or educational disadvantage, or to assist persons with a disability. We want to build on existing library services and develop new relationships with local agencies and groups to facilitate greater engagement with those communities.”

He also thanked the local authorities and the library staff for their ongoing commitment and support to the public library service.

“I have to commend the local authorities for again recognising the invaluable service the libraries provide and co-funding this €650,000 with €150,000 local authority contribution giving a total investment package of c.€800,000.”

Proposed allocations for each Local Authority


Detailed proposed allocations for each Local Authority




The Department of Rural and Community Development Press Office

076-1006993 / 0867912704


**Notes to Editor

Our Public Libraries 2022: Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities

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: –

  • infrastructure and services with a focus on fit-for-purpose buildings and ICT capacity,
  • library team development with skilled staff taking a more proactive and confident customer-focused approach,
  • promotion and marketing, at national and local level, to raise visibility and awareness generally, but also to reach out to those communities that may not consider the library a place for them,
  • high-quality collections based on the latest technology and innovative solutions, and
  • continued investment to support infrastructure, ICT, staffing and collections development.

**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.