There is disappointment in Ballaghaderreen this week following confirmation that the reopening of the local library has again been delayed. The new reopening date is now early next year.
Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane said the continued closure of the library is a great loss to the town.
“I know for many people the length of time it is taking to see it reopen is extremely frustrating. I share that frustration,” she said.
“I fully expected the library to reopen this summer as per the previous update I received from the Minister”.
Consultants, who are providing expert advice on works due to its status as a listed building, have identified issues with the heating system. This will now be upgraded to a more energy-efficient system along with insulation works also being carried out.
“It was deemed better given the age of the building to complete these works along with the other upgrade works now rather than later and (therefore) close the library again,” Deputy Kerrane said.
The TD said that the updated reopening date is now the first quarter of 2024. She added that an alternative building in the town is being looked at with a view to providing a temporary library while works are ongoing.