Crossmaglen library opening hours to be reduced
Sinn Féin councillor Terry Hearty has said that he is extremely disappointed with the news that Crossmaglen Library opening hours will be reduced from June onwards.
Speaking to Newry Times, the Slieve Gullion elected representative said, “I have just received confirmation from Libraries NI that despite the excellent case which had been made by elected reps and members of the community to retain Crossmaglen Library at its current rate of service, the decision has been made to cut the libraries hours of business. Both I and my colleague Conor Murphy MLA held meetings with Libraries NI and the local community organised a petition which was signed by hundreds and hundreds of people. Even the local school Principal and pupils got behind the library and campaigned for its hours not to be cut.”
He continued, “Although the situation looks bleak at the moment, for library user and staff, Sinn Féin will be continuing to lobby for Crossmaglen Library and we will be exploring other funding avenues which may be available.”
Councillor Hearty concluded by encouraging more people to register with the library and use the services provided, “I would still appeal to all local people to become members of the library and to make use of the wonderful facilities on offer there.”
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