The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, has today (Wednesday) in Trim Library officially launched ICT upgrades in public libraries across the country, including new Digital Learning Centres, which were funded by his Department and local authorities.

The Minister said: “I am delighted to officially launch this Digital Learning Centre, one of many funded by my Department across the country. The new technology and facilities will enhance public libraries and the new innovative services they provide.

“I can see first-hand today the real difference the €8m digital services and facilities investment package I announced last year has made – it has transformed our libraries.”

In 2018, Minister Ring approved an €8 million investment package for digital services and facilities in public libraries. It seeks to establish the library as not only a community hub but also an important enabler of digital services and facilitator of digital skills development. This significant investment is the first step towards realising this aim.

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