News that the temporary library in Ballaghaderreen is expected to be opened to the public on Friday, February 16th next has been welcomed by local public representatives. The library will occupy one of the currently vacant properties near SuperValu.
Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane said: “This is really welcome, as the space for people that the library provided has been a huge loss since it closed, and while the mobile library has done its job in providing books, it did not replace the space that was lost – and that is really what people have missed.
“I understand from Roscommon County Council that a number of IT issues are being sorted and it is expected that the temporary library will open on February 16th”.
The TD added that the library is just temporary and that the ‘permanent library’ will reopen later this year.
In a press statement, Cllr Liam Callaghan (Fine Gael) outlined that a special meeting of Boyle Municipal District had recently approved Part 8 planning to open the temporary library in Ballaghaderreen.
Cllr Callaghan said he looked forward to the temporary library opening on the 16th of this month, which he added is “good news for all the people of the area”.
As to the upgrading of the main library at Dillon House, Cllr Callaghan said it is hoped works will be completed there by October of this year.
In her statement, Deputy Kerrane added: “I want to commend the Council for pushing to ensure that the works in the permanent library go ahead on schedule in March – that is still the plan and I know they are very conscious of meeting this timeframe. It has to be met”.
Deputy Kerrane’s Ballaghaderreen-based Sinn Féin colleague, Cllr Michael Mulligan said: “I was delighted to propose the go-ahead of the temporary library building for Ballaghaderreen at the recent Council meeting. This is good news for the town and I look forward to the permanent library reopening later this year”.