While extremely disappointed that the Office of Public Works has refused to take the Bolton Library in charge Cllr Tom Wood is continuing his efforts to ensure that the historic collection remains in Cashel.
The local councillors says Cashel is the collectionâ€™s rightful home, where he says, â€œit could be protected and developed into a significant attraction and form an integral part of a long overdue historic and cultural trail between the Rock and other centres of note within the town.
In a recent letter to the Cashel/Tipperary Municipal District, Minister of State, Simon Harris TD wrote: â€œIt is not within the remit of the OPW to unilaterally take a decision to take over the Library and, in the current financial difficulties, it is not possible to secure the very considerable funding that such a move would inevitably require. I regret to say therefore that the OPW will not take over the Library.â€
Now Cllr Wood is calling on Minister of State, Deputy Tom Hayes TD, and all other Oireachtas members within the unified County of Tipperary to combine their efforts to interest the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in becoming guardians of the acclaimed Library.
Cllr Wood wrote to them: â€œthe National Library of Ireland is under the guardianship of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Chester Beatty Library, only gifted to the State in 1950, is grant aided by that same Department so there is no reason why the acclaimed Bolton Library could not be treated in the same fashion.â€