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Fianna Fail councillor Paul McAuliffe

Fianna Fail councillor Paul McAuliffe

Fianna Fail councillor Paul McAuliffe

A former An Post sorting office and waste depot is to be transformed into a new €4m state-of-the-art library.

Fianna Fail councillor Paul McAuliffe yesterday confirmed that Dublin City Council's development department has agreed to acquire the site for a new library for Finglas.

The site features the former An Post sorting office and waste depot on Seamus Ennis Road in Finglas.

"This has been a priority for me and the wider community since 2014," Cllr McAuliffe said.

Delighted

"Back then, with the head of the council's Library Service, I walked the village to identify potential sites.

"The sorting office site has been idle for nearly a decade and I'm delighted that it will finally be put to good use."

Cllr McAuliffe said the acquisition of the site is integral for the community.

"This is a really important win for Finglas," he said.

"The current library has limited access and facilities for disabled people or those with young children. The library is a fantastic service and is at the heart of the community.

"Into the future, there is a great potential for local libraries to offer extra study rooms, exhibition spaces and computers."

He said the decision to acquire the site is a bonus for the local community and will promote literacy and learning and engage young people.

He previously said that having a new library for the area would be "the icing on the cake" for the community.

"Championing a new library for the village and delivering better civic spaces has been a priority for me," he said.

"The new library will be a wonderful addition to recent improvements to the village."

Meanwhile, the issue is on the agenda at tonight's council meeting. Although plans for the new library are at the preliminary stages, Cllr McAuliffe is hopeful it will get off the ground within the next two to five years.

Once the land is acquired, a planning application will be lodged, followed by the tendering process before construction gets under way.


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