Funding sought for Men’s Sheds

Councillor Martin Murnaghan asked for Louth County Council to provide funding in their forthcoming budget for the Louth Community Men’s Sheds.

Councillor Martin Murnaghan asked for Louth County Council to provide funding in their forthcoming budget for the Louth Community Men’s Sheds.

He explained at the November meeting of the council that the funding for these facilities—there are three in the county, in Dundalk, Cooley and Drogheda, from the International Fund for Ireland is due to expire at the end of the year.

The Sheds are used by retired and semi retired men who come together to share their skills.

Retirement can be a sentence to loneliness and isolation, and since the council was a pioneer in promoting age friendly, this was an ideal project to promote and support financially, he said.

In a written answer the council recognised the Sheds provided an excellent service and said it will explore opportunities with the service provider to obtain funds.

Councillor Peter Savage supported the request, but didn’t know where the council will get the money.

It was stated that it cost €45,000 to run the three current facilities.

Cllr Frank Maher said that the answer probably was for the Sheds to become self sufficient.