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  • Northside East

Donaghmede Library concerns

Wednesday, 9th August, 2017 2:00pm

Story by Tony McCullagh
Donaghmede Library concerns

The opening of Donaghmede Library in 1986. PHOTO: Dublin City Public Libraries

Donaghmede Library concerns

The opening of Donaghmede Library in 1986. PHOTO: Dublin City Public Libraries

A CAMPAIGN is underway to safeguard the future of Donaghmede Library after suggestions from Dublin City Council that it may consider relocating it.

Fears for the future of the popular library were raised after Labour councillor Alison Gilliland received a reply to a question she had submitted to the North Central area manager. She had asked the council to clarify suggestions that the lease for the library, which is located on the first floor of Donaghmede Shopping Centre, is to be terminated in the near future.

In its reply, the council confirmed that the 35-year lease had commenced in 1984 and was due to expire in June 2019.

“Dublin City Public Libraries has been and will continue to explore all opportunities to ensure there is continuity of service for the users of Donaghmede Library and the communities of Donaghmede, Clongriffin and Balgriffin,” the response stated. 

It said this would include opportunities to relocate the library to a Dublin City Council owned premises, which would provide increased floor space for study, leisure facilities, the children’s section and an improved exhibition area. The council believes that a new location would also improve universal access and provide a greater street presence, as well as a quality civic space.

The reply added: “Dublin City Council will engage with local representatives and the wider community at the earliest appropriate opportunity should the situation regarding library service provision in the area change significantly.”

The council’s comments have sparked a campaign to “save” Donaghmede Library, led by Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (Lab).

He said: "As can be seen from the reply given to a question tabled by Cllr Alison Gilliland, Dublin City Council are actively considering moving the library out of Donaghmede Shopping Centre and potentially relocating it outside of Donaghmede altogether.

"Donaghmede Library is a fantastic community resource and has served the local community loyally for many years. The loss of the library to the shopping centre would be devastating and we are determined to prevent this from happening. It is our determination to keep the library in its current location and if another library is required for an adjoining community, to do everything we can to support that project."

Senator Ó Ríordáin added: “For the last 10 years on Dublin City Council, the Labour Party have been pursuing the principles of the 'Right to Read’ campaign, first established by myself in 2006, which has succeeded in securing longer opening hours and greater investment for libraries across Dublin. We will be seeking wide community support for our endeavours to keep the library in Donaghmede."

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