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IT took Millstreet Museum three years to get a lease from Cork County Council for rooms at Carnegie Hall in the town - and while they are still waiting to get a key to get into the room there is now the further dilemma of a fire certificate.

Cllr Noel Buckley (FG) was somewhat exasperated as he told the council meeting on Monday that he was assured that the problem would be addressed by CCC 'forthwith' - but that was four months ago.

"How can it take three years for a community group to get access to an empty room which has been renovated," he said.

He said he was at a loss as to why it was taking so long for Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Pipe Band to get the green light to use two rooms at Carnegie Hall.

"Now we're being told about a fire certificate that is needed. But Cork County Council has offices upstairs and the library is downstairs," said Cllr Buckley.

"Just inside the main door is the room for the museum but, lo and behold, it has now come up that a fire officer would have to sort out a fire certificate. But how is the council and library staff there?

"This problem is just going on and on. The people of Millstreet are just astounded by this. It is a farce in this day and age," he said.

Assistant County Manager Declan Daly admitted that there had been quite a lot of ' toing and froing' on the matter. He said that the fire officer needs to certify that the fire arrangements are in place, and that these works are presently being arranged.

"We accept there have been delays but work is being done," said Mr Daly.

"I hope to God that I don't have to come back in here again and say, that the Millstreet Museum still do not have access, "he said.