Landmark building in the heart of Donabate considered for new library

by Rose Barrett
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Cllr Adrian Henchy welcomes that the former Credit Union building at Ballisk, Donabate is to be considered as a location for a new Donabate Library.

“We held a positive briefing last week with both the Economic Enterprise and the Architects Department of Fingal County Council who informed us that they are in the preliminary stages of confirming the former home of Donabate Credit Union will be regenerated and modernised to become the new home of Donabate Library,” said Cllr Henchy. 

A garda station had also been suggested for the former CU building but Cllr Henchy noted this was perhaps a tad premature for the growing community “It was confirmed last weel that the Department of Justice/OPW and An Garda Siochana did not express an interest in the building at this time.” 

“Both my council colleague on the peninsula, Cllr Paul Mulville and I have pushed hard initially to convince FCC to purchase this landmark building at the heart of our local community from Provident Credit Union. 

“We wanted to ensure whatever future the building has is only reserved for community usage. This would also allows for the significant space currently occupied at Donabate Portrane Community Centre by the library to be returned back into community usage. A potential win-win for our growing local community. The initial capital cost put aside for this transfer to take place is €1.5m.” 

While Cllr Henchy acknowledged it was early days yet re this proposal, he stated it will be wonderful to see this much-loved building put to good use to serve our local community via a modem day library. 

“My thanks to the Chief Executive of FCC Anne Marie Farrelly, Senior Librarian Betty Boardman, Senior Architect Fionnula May and her team as well as Director of Economic/Enterprise Mr. John Quinlivan and his team for all their work on this proposal to date. Now we just need to make sure it happens in a timely manner!” he concluded

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