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Council denies €60m library spend claim

A GROUP opposed to new levies on businesses in Dun Laoghaire has slammed the local County Council over a library project it claims is costing as much as €60m and claimed that the management of the town is "appalling".

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has disputed their cost estimate insisting that the total spend on the building – which is set to open in September – will be €36.6m.

ROW

The row comes as a group of more than 30 businesses 'Fair Rates for Dun Laoghaire' (FRFDL) are opposed to proposals for the creation of a Business Improvement District (BID) aimed at promoting commerce in the town.

The BID would be funded by a new levy on businesses in the area, subject to the proposal passing at a vote which is being facilitated by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council next month.

The council's elected members will approve the scheme if a majority of ratepayers within the BID area vote to introduce it. FRFDL took out newspaper advertising opposing the initiative, with a banner headline stating "enough is enough", highlighting the library project it claimed is costing between €30m and €60m.

SQUANDERED

One of its members, Peter Kerrigan, managing director of Celtic Invoicing Discounting, took to the airwaves yesterday to further criticise the council over the project.

He told Newstalk that the plans for a BID is "an added tax" on businesses adding "as a business here we felt we were paying enough taxes as it was and that public money is being squandered here in Dun Laoghaire."

He said that the library project will leave the existing Carnegie Library in the town "derelict"

He criticised the size of the project calling it "enormous" and saying that a red brick facade is not in keeping with buildings in the area.

The building, which is under construction, will comprise of a Central Library and Cultural Centre, cafe, community meeting rooms and educational and exhibition space.

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