Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has welcomed the announcement of  €9.5m in funding from the Special EU Programmes Body towards the Monaghan Peace Campus.

The building, which will cost €14.3m to complete, will house recreation, social support and training facilities for young people as well as a community and cultural centre for the wider community.

Deputy Smyth said, “The awarding of this Peace IV funding is a major boost for Co. Monaghan and is testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone who was involved in the application process.  I want to pay a special tribute to the staff of local schools, community groups and Monaghan County Council who have gone above and beyond to secure this funding – I am so pleased that all of that work has paid off.

“This funding is made possible through our membership of the EU, and is one of many projects which were made possible as a result of EU structural funds programmes.  I think it’s important to remember the positive influence the EU has had on this island, particularly as we now face such uncertainty with Brexit.

“This project will make a huge difference to youth and community initiatives in Monaghan – once this centre is built, the majority of services – recreational, social and cultural will be available under one roof.

“I look forward to seeing construction work on the Monaghan town site get underway in the near future so that this excellent project can get up and running as soon as possible”.