A councillor has appealed to Tipperary Co. Council to increase the staffing of the library service in Killenaule, which is now only open one day a week for six hours.
Killenaule Cllr John Fahey issued the appeal at the monthly meeting of Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District Council, which was attended by the Co. Council’s Director of Library Services Karl Cashen
The Fine Gael councillor told Council management the library service based at the Slieveardagh Heritage Centre in Killenaule used to be open three days a week but now it’s only open to the public on Wednesdays.
He pointed out that there was no longer a library in Fethard for the past few years so Killenaule Library covered a large catchment area including Fethard, Drangan, Mullinahone, Cloneen, Ballingarry and Gortnahoe.
Cllr Fahey said the reduction in the library service was a huge loss to the community and a real problem and urged Mr Cashen to raise it at management level in the Co. Council.
Mr Cashen responded that Cllr Fahey had previously spoken at length about this issue and he confirmed a meeting took place with the Council’s Human Resources Department about increasing staffing levels.
“We hope to have a satisfactory outcome to that. We hope to increase staffing numbers but are still in discussions with HR. We do accept it’s an issue for this Cuncil. It’s something I am conscious of and will keep in mind.”