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  • Northside West

Finglas to get new library

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 1:00pm
Finglas to get new library

Finglas Library was officially opened on January 3 1980. The library was the first city library to be located in a shopping centre.

Finglas to get new library

Finglas Library was officially opened on January 3 1980. The library was the first city library to be located in a shopping centre.

FINGLAS is to get a new library on the site of the old An Post sorting office and council waste depot on Seamus Ennis Road.

Talks on developing the site have been ongoing for over a year but the council has been considering a new library for the area since 2014.

News of the new library, expected to cost in the region of €4 million, was welcomed by Cllr Paul McAuliffe (FF) who said the current library has no access for wheelchairs or prams.

“In 2014 with the then head of the Library service, I walked the village to identify potential sites,” he continued.

“The sorting office site has been idle for nearly a decade and I’m delighted the library will finally put the site to good use.

“I am also delighted that Finglas will finally have a new state-of-the-art library.

“The current one 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 and in the future there is a great potential for local libraries to offer extra study rooms, exhibition spaces and computers.

“Literacy and learning are at the core of my reasons for getting involved in politics and I have always aimed to be a champion for a new library and better civic spaces in Finglas.

“This new library will be a wonderful addition to recent improvements to the village.”

Councillor Noeleen Reilly (IND) also welcomed news of the new library.

“Residents in Finglas alongside local representatives and others have been campaigning for a new Library for Finglas for some time,” she said.

“There is a huge opportunity to create something every special here for Finglas with all the modern technologies available today.”

Dublin City Council is now putting together a team to look at designs for the new library.

A planning application will then need to be lodged and a tendering process for the work launched before construction can begin.

No decision has been made on what will be done with the current library space at Finglas Village Centre.

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