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Residents don't want library in green area

CLONDALKIN residents who don't want a library on their doorstep say the council should shift their plan to somewhere such as the Liffey Valley.

After months of lobbying from local councillors, there are now plans to build a library in the Rowlagh area.

And while locals do not object to the plan, they do not want their local green to be the site for it.


Rowlagh residents say the building will attract anti-social behaviour and leave some of them looking out on a 9ft fence at the back of the building.

"We are not anti-library, we just don't want this here," said North Clondalkin Library Location Action Group spokesman, Francis Timmons.

But the claim that the project would exacerbate anti-social behaviour was slammed as "nonsense" by local Labour councillor Breeda Bonner, who is also a school principal.

"I have been a teacher and a principal in the area for more than 30 years, and I have been campaigning for a library for as long as that, so I am delighted that the council has finally decided to build a new library for North Clondalkin," Mrs Bonner said.

"However, if the wider community does not come out and support it, it may not get built.

"The vast majority of people I have spoken to about it have said they are fully behind the library, and I know that all of the schools in the area are supportive of it," she added.

The North Clondalkin Library Location Action Group, however, say that Cllr Bonner has refused to meet them to discuss the matter.

"She won't meet any of us and she is a public representative," said Francis Timmons.

But Cllr Bonner told the Herald: "I know their views and they know mine. I know they have concerns about traffic and parking, and that is something I hope we can address."