Delays in introducing a library to the Mahon/Blackrock area, a project that was proposed five years ago, have been described as “infuriating”.
Cork City Hall confirmed on Monday that officials from the planning department visited Mahon in August this year to review potential sites.
Responding to a question on the issue from Cllr Deirdre Forde (FG), Adrienne Rodgers, Director of Community, Culture & Placemaking, said:
“The provision of a library was included in the Mahon Local Area Plan 2014.
“Cork City Council Staff from Planning Policy, Property, Libraries and Community visited the area on the 2nd of August, 2019 to review potential sites for consideration.
“A follow up meeting of this group will take place on 20th September, 2019 to discuss options available based on a mapping of the lands in Mahon to identify those lands that are privately or publicly owned at this point in time and explore the position further with a view to engaging with the local communities to agree a way forward.”
In 2017, the city council announced its intention to sell the former Abode site on Skehard Road to finance the library, but there have still been no moves on the development.
Cllr Forde said the local community is anxious to see progress on the project and that she expects it to be brought up again at a community meeting in the coming days.
Local area representative for Labour, Peter Horgan, said:
“The constant delays on the provision of a library in Mahon is infuriating for families and local schools.
“Last year I met with representatives of schools and families and received a petition along with other local representatives like Senator Jerry Buttimer and Deputy Micheal Martin.
“This has overwhelming political support but the practical executive strength is lacking,” he added.
“The end result is that families and young children in the Blackrock and Mahon area have no local Library for another generation.”