Hearty: ‘Library opening hours must not be reduced’

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Monday, February 27th, 2012
Crossmaglen Councillor Terry Hearty has called on Newry and Mourne District Council to arrange a meeting with Libraries NI to reverse the decision to cut Crossmaglen Library’s opening hours to just 18 per week. The Sinn Féin councillor said, “MLA for the area Conor Murphy and I met with the Chief Executive of Libraries NI two weeks ago and during this meeting we put an extremely strong case forward to argue against these cuts.” He continued, “Since then public feeling on this issue has grown and a petition which I initiated around the town has secured over 3,000 signatures to date. Many of those who signed the petition have also joined the library in the meantime. I have requested for the Chief Executive of Libraries NI, who is responsible for this dreadful decision, to attend a meeting of all Slieve Gullion councillors in order that we can put our case directly to her and secure a reversal of this decision.” The Sinn Fein Councillor added, “I am also asking for the Chief Executive of Libraries NI to come to Crossmaglen to accept our petition and this will provide the opportunity to show her the depth of feeling among people here.”
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