Fermanagh South Tyrone Sinn Féin Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Lynch welcomes retention of Lisnaskea library opening hours

Published: 19 May, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Sean Lynch has welcomed the decision by Libraries NI to retain rural library opening hours, in particular, those of the newly opened Lisnaskea library.

Speaking after receiving this notification, Mr Lynch says,

"Libraries NI received almost 4,000 responses to the consolation, which alone highlights the important role that libraries play in the lives of individuals, families and local communities.

"During the consultation I wrote to Mrs Irene Knox, the Chief Executive of Libraries NI, expressing my concern over the proposed reduction in opening hours of the Lisnaskea library.

"I outlined that the library is just newly opened and its services are first class. I also highlighted how Fermanagh has only 3 libraries across the entire county, resulting in many people living 30miles away from their closest library. Therefore I felt imposing restrictions on opening hours would further isolate those living in rural areas.

"In the consultation it stated that proposed opening hours would 'relate to the historic use level of use of a library. As Lisnaskea library is jut newly opened and a number of access issues faced the old library, I felt this was not a true representation and I also raised this with Mrs.Knox.

The Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA continues,

"I am delighted with the decision that the opening hours of Lisnaskea Library will be retained at 30 hours per week. I am also satisfied that no rural library, as listed in the Rural Impact Assessment, should have its hours reduced by more than 10%.

"I would now call on the people of Lisnaskea, the surrounding areas and the entire county to make use of the first class facilities that are on offer in the state of the art library here in Lisnaskea.

"I would also like to thank Libraries NI for their work and cooperation around this consultation and for not adding to the long list of reduced services that Fermanagh is facing." ENDS