O’Brien Welcomes Consultation On Skerries Library Plans

Pictured here is Joe O'Brien at Skerries Library.Pictured here is Joe O'Brien at Skerries Library.

Green Party representative for the North County, Joe O’Brien has welcomed the County Council plans to consult with the public on the planned use of the E100,000 allocated for refurbishment of Skerries Library.
Last year, O’Brien campaigned for the County Council to pilot a participatory budgeting process on the funds allocated for the library. This would have involved the community leading the decision making process on the use of the funds. He held a public meeting last year in Skerries at which an expert in participatory budgeting from England spoke. While the Council have not decided to run a participatory budgeting pilot on the library funds, O’Brien welcomed the move as progress.
“I am glad to learn that the Council will formally look for the views of library users as to how the €100,000 should be used in the library. The people of Skerries have lots of good ideas about how the library could become an even better community space and these ideas should be listened to. We have a beautiful Carnegie library that could really be pulling more people into the town centre. I think priority for the use of the funds should be ways to get more people using what really is a community space,” he said.
“ I would urge the Council to give serious consideration to expanding the space in the library, there is a sizeable piece of derelict ground at the back of the library that should be brought into play for the community. Skerries library is extraordinarily small for the size of the town. I have no doubt that all the schools in Skerries would be very interested in using the library more, if space allowed and I would encourage the school principals and indeed the children to write to the County Council with their ideas,” O’Brien added.
“I have asked for further clarification from the Council as to when the consultation will start but I would suggest that people start getting in touch with the Council now and get your proposals and ideas in early,” he concluded.