15 January 2019

Public Library for Rathcoole and Villages Well Overdue - Fitzgerald

Image result for library cartoonLocal Fine Gael TD, Frances Fitzgerald, has called on South Dublin County Council to seriously consider the development of a Public Library in Rathcoole.

At present, residents of Rathcoole, Newcastle, Saggart and Brittas are served by a South Dublin County Council Mobile Library – a service that some residents can only avail of either once or twice a week, depending on the location. 

“Each of the four village districts in Dublin Mid-West have been identified as some of the fastest-growing towns in Ireland, according to the latest Census figures. Yet these areas do not have important community facilities such as a Public Library.

“Whilst these villages have been served by a mobile community library in the past, many residents have no choice but to venture as far as Lucan, Clondalkin or Tallaght to avail of a library service. I believe that the time has come for the Council to seriously consider the need for a library in these areas.

“In 2015, South Dublin County Council stated that its Libraries Department would consider Rathcoole as a potential library location, subject to a planned investment programme for library infrastructure being put in place.

Nearly four years have passed with very little movement or decisions on the issue. I believe the time has come for the Council to clearly commit to a public library for the area. I will continue to work on behalf of my constituents for this very important community need.”