A call has been made for Tipperary County Council to resolve staffing shortages at Clonmel library.
The library was closed recently to the public on a Saturday morning due to staffing issues and members of Clonmel Municipal committee have demanded that steps are taken to improve staffing levels.
Cllr. Marie Murphy said the library closing in Clonmel on a Saturday morning was a serious issue. It was normally a very busy day and something had to be done to ease the staffing problems that led to the closure.
Cllr. Siobhan Ambrose said the closure of the most utilised library in the county was a matter of grave concern. The fact that the Clonmel library would not have enough staff to manage sent out a very poor message. She proposed that Minister Alan Kelly be contacteed and made aware of the situation and he should make himself available to meet members to discuss it.
Cllr. Ambrose said that the Clonmel library needed a huge upgrade, there were national grants available and a strong case should be made to Minister Kelly to approve a plan to upgrade the busy library.
Cllr. Pat English supported the Clonmel issue, and informed the meeting that the library in Carrick-on-Suir was closing on a regular basis.
“We need to know what is happening. The libary is a fantastic service and they should be open for six days a week,” he insisted.
Council official Karl CAshin said that Clonmel library was a key piece of infrastructure and he regretted that it was necessary to close it on a recent Saturday. He told members that unscheduled staffing issues were experienced in Clonmel recently where the staffing levels were below the level required.
He had been in touch with the human resources director about the staffing issue in Clonmel and he hoped the difficulties can be addressed.
Dealing with the Clonmel library building, he told members that it had been built in the eighties and it was in need of investment and he hoped there would be progress on that and that Clonmel could move forward and secure funding for an upgrade of the building.
Cllr.Michael Murphy said if funding was available to invest in the library in Clonmel, locating a new library in the Kickam Barracks development should be examined with the educational stakeholders involved.