Saturday 23 September 2017

Library cuts a sorry chapter for Hogan

Phil Hogan: 'consultation process'
Phil Hogan: 'consultation process'

* It's ironic, Minister Hogan, that I open my daily newspaper this morning and find a notice pertaining to a public consultation regarding the national library strategy. It reads: "The aim of the draft strategy is to deliver an efficient and effective standard of public library service in Ireland over the next five years and position the library service as a focal point which meets the information, learning and cultural needs of individuals and communities." It goes on to say that the strategy proposes to facilitate social and economic inclusion.

Now, minister, I wish to make my first submission . . . if you intend to follow the same path as you have in Ballymote & Tubbercurry Co Sligo by cutting the late night Thursday opening completely and shutting the libraries on Saturday then you certainly don't facilitate the information, learning or cultural needs of a working family or indeed facilitate the social or economic inclusion of the children of working families.

When exactly do you propose we avail of the services?

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