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Local Libraries Set To Benefit From Funding

Library storyCllr Tom O’Leary and Senator James Reilly are pictured outside Skerries Library after the announcement that funding will be made towards the modernisation of libraries across the county

Libraries in Fingal are set to benefit from €141,438 in Government funding, according to Fine Gael Senator Dr James Reilly.
The Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring TD, announced the funding.

Senator Reilly said this represents an unprecedented Government investment in our public libraries. The funding will allow for the modernisation of our library service and for the extension of library opening hours.

Senator Reilly said: “This investment package comprises €106,079 from the Department of Rural and Community Development, supplemented by additional funding of €35,359 from the County Council.

“The funding is in addition to significant funding already provided by Minister Ring’s Department for public libraries here this year.

“This investment will enable the implementation of our new public library strategy which will be launched early next year and which will be focused on modernising the public library service and enhancing the range and quality of services available to users.
“It’s an ambitious strategy which is aimed at increasing library membership and usage of our public libraries.

“This demonstrates Fine Gael’s continued commitment to the public library service over the coming five-year period of the strategy.”

Minister Ring said: “This is an exciting time for the public library service and for library staff. The roll out of self-service technology in our libraries will free up librarians who can use their expertise to assist library users and direct people to the many excellent services offered by the libraries.”