Ballaghaderreen Library works to be completed this summer

Refurbishment works at Ballaghaderreen Library are finally expected to be completed this summer following confirmation from Roscommon County Council that construction works are set to go to tender later this month.

The project was delayed last year due to an unsuccessful tendering process for a mechanical and electrical engineer. However, the local authority has since been successful in a second tendering process.

The news comes after Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane sought an update on the reopening from Minister for Community Development Heather Humphreys.

The works had been approved under the Department’s Small Scale Capital Work Scheme.

Speaking this week, Deputy Claire Kerrane said: “The closure of the library continues to have an impact. Many people, all of ages, were regular visitors to the library and relied on it. That is why I have repeatedly raised the impact of it’s closure with the Minister in trying to get works expedited as well as seeking constant updates so I can keep locals updated. They are anxious to see it re-opened as quickly as possible, as am I.

“While, the delay due to the council having to re-tender for works is disappointing, it doesn’t appear to have had a major bearing on its reopening which is to be this summer. I will continue to keep a close eye on this right up until the doors reopen”.