Construction work is to start tomorrow on the new Mary Robinson Centre on the banks of the River Moy in Ballina.

Mayo County Council has confirmed that the contract for the €3.1 million museum, archive and educational facility has been signed with Mayo-based LPB Construction Services.

The project will involve the conservation and refurbishment of the original Robinson family home with a new extension, and is located on Emmet Street in Ballina.

Mayo County Council is partnering with NUI Galway in this project, to provide the public with access to the former President's substantial archive, and to papers from her ongoing work, which she has gifted to the museum.

Mary Robinson, a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is world-renowned for her work in human rights, gender equality and climate change, and Mayo County Council says the project - which is Ireland's first Presidential Library -will honour the legacy of Ireland's first female President.

Government funding of €2 million euro has been pledged for the Mary Robinson Centre, along with funding from Mayo County Council and from local and diaspora fundraising.

Ballina-based Senator Michelle Mulherin says it's a very important investment for the town, and for the north Mayo region....

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