SINN Féin councillor for Cork City South East Chris O’Leary has called for a timeline to be set for the establishment of a library in the Blackrock-Mahon area.
His ward is the only one in the city without a branch of the city library, and the mobile library serving it was discontinued. 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.
“The people of Mahon and Blackrock must see the delivery of council commitments regarding the development of a library for the area,” said Mr O’Leary.
A former HSE site has been mooted as a location.
“The development of a purpose-built library facility on the grounds of the former HSE medical centre at Lakelands must be given timelines for its commencement and completion,” said Mr O’Leary.
“The sale of the former Abode site on Skehard Road is intended to finance the development of the new library in Lakelands.”
He said his area had missed out on the opportunity afforded to places like Hollyhill.
“The Mahon-Blackrock area remains the only part of Cork City without a purpose-built library facility. The lack of a library has impacted on young school-goers and older people alike. For far too long, our community has missed out on the opportunities and resources which modern libraries provide.”