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Remove library pressure from Sligo Council – Harkin

At a time when communities are under economic pressure and deserving of the greatest possible support from the state, there should be no question of reducing or closing any library service in any part of Ireland.

This was the view of Independent MEP Marian Harkin when she called on Sligo County Council to find alternatives to closing branch libraries in the county.

“Library Services are probably where most of the public have contract with their Local Authority and the quality and range of those services  have proven of great support through the economic hardships endured in recent years”, she said.  It was not acceptable that a library service created under British rule in 1880 for the citizens of Co. Sligo should have the facilities removed and, in the process, to totally disregard the unique cultural and literary heritage of Co. Sligo, she said.

“It is inconceivable that an Irish government should be forcing Sligo County Council to cease library services, and penalise citizens”, Marian Harkin said.  Whilst recognising that the present County Council management had been put under severe financial pressure to reduce operational costs the denial of Library services to citizens was an unacceptable penalty on the people of Sligo who had been required to contribute so much already to national economic  recovery, she said.

“National government owes it to the people of Sligo to ensure that their library services are not reduced and I have written to appropriate Ministers asking them to resolve the matter and, in the process, respect the right of the people of Sligo to continued and greatly appreciated library services which are so important to so many of our citizens”, Independent MEP Marian Harkin urged.