Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has today welcomed the announcement of a new scheme to grant-aid the conservation of traditional farm buildings on GLASS farms.
The Meath East TD said “I very much welcome the recent announcement by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney of a new grant scheme which will assist Meath farmers in preserving traditional farm buildings on their land.
“This new grant-aid scheme will greatly assist our farmers to not only in preserving traditional farming buildings, but also return structures to the best of their practical agricultural use. Returning traditional agricultural buildings to their full functional capacity will play a great role in boosting life on Irish farms, particularly from an economic perspective.
“Within the next number of years, over 50,000 farmers will be eligible under the Glas Scheme to apply for this grant-aid. These building have been an integral part of our agricultural heritage for generations, and their contribution to the character and beauty of the Irish landscape cannot be overstated. These buildings can and should play an ongoing role in the economic life of Meath farms, as well as helping to enhance the landscape, the environment and local biodiversity”
Concluding, Doherty said, “This new grant scheme, which is co-funded by the Department of Agriculture and the European Union, has just recently opened, and all application forms are to be returned to the Heritage Council before 5pm on Friday the 6th May.
“Thereafter, additional applications will be invited at regular intervals between now and the end of December 2020.”