Clare Daly TD and local Councillors David O’ Connor and David Sheehy attended a public meeting in Rush last night where cuts to local library hours were discussed. Estimates suggest as much as a 30% cut to library hours in Rush, Baldoyle and Balbriggan which will take effect from Monday 8th July 2013.
Following the meeting it is planned for locals that oppose the cuts to contact Fine Gael and labour TD’s in the North County Dublin constituency and lobby the issue. Locals are also invited to gather outside the council offices on July 8th at 3pm and voice their concerns. There has been much uncertainty as to the reason and source of cuts with both local and national government passing the issue from side to side.
National Government has suggested that staff embargo’s in the libraries could be lifted if Local government apply for exemptions. In contrast Local government has blamed National Government for cuts to local funding, lack of resources and the said staff embargo. The buck passing between both sides has left residents pondering as to where the decision to cut library hours actually lies.
It is hoped that by contacting TD’s and Councillors on the matter, pressure can be exerted on the issue and clarification can be sought.
Speaking on the issue, Clare Daly said, “These cuts are not good enough. These libraries provide vital services to local communities and are needed badly. It is wrong that services in communities like Rush and Balbriggan suffer greatly while national and local government pass the buck and evade accountability. Until we have a straight answer this issue will remain on the table and communities in Rush and Balbriggan will continue to exert pressure.”