Ballymote library reportedly targeted for closure.

Move rapped by local TD.

Sligo News File Online.

Sligo-Leitrim TD, John Perry
Sligo-Leitrim TD, John Perry

Reports of the possible closure of the public library in Ballymote has
sparked a storm of protest in the south Sligo town.

Closure of the facility is believed to have been down for consideration by a SPC committee of the council today.

The winding down of the operation, which was established only a few years ago, is understood to be part of a planned cutback in services rooted in the need to improve on the council’s finances and multi-million legacy debt.

John Perry, local TD and a former junior Coalition government minister, has hit out at the apparently proposed move . Rapping the council, he said money for the library is not provided by the Department of the Environment.

However, there is some sympathy for the council’s situation as not only has the authority to contend with a massive debt overhang, but the Coalition’s Local Government fund has also been slashed. As well, the authority is facing government pressure to find €10 million over the next few years to reduce the debt pile.

A local library user said last night that closure wasn’t an option.”No
matter what the financial situation is the service must be kept open
and fully serviced. We will be relying our local TD and councilors to see that it is.”