Rathcoole area needs a digital library: Timmons

by Nick Fitzgerald

THE GROWING population of South County Dublin has fuelled renewed calls for a Library Digital Hub for Rathcoole/Saggart/
Newcastle.
Cllr Francis Timmons says residents from Rathcool and surrounding areas need a library to encourage lifelong learning and to help promote the joy of reading.
He says he will use the next Clondalkin area committee meeting to call on South Dublin County Council to look into the possibility of a Library Digital Hub and will ask that a costing
Earlier this month outgoing mayor Guss O’Connell officially opened the new Palmerstown Library Digital Hub at the shopping centre on Kennelsfort Road, something Cllr Timmons refered to this week.
He said: “I am calling on South Dublin County Council to develop a Library Digital Hub for Rathcoole/Saggart/Newcastle.
“The huge growth in population in Rathcoole/Saggart/Newcastle well justifies the need for such a facility.
“I welcome the recent Palmerstown Library Digital Hub and I had previously co-signed Councillor Guss O’Connell’s motion in the development plan alongside three other independents on this issue.’’
Cllr Timmons says he will use the next Clondalkin area meeting to propose that ‘further to my previous agreed motions that this committee calls on SDCC to investigate a Library Digital Hub in Rathcoole Village to serve the areas of Rathcoole /Saggart /Newcastle and bring back a costing for same in advance of the annual budget meeting to meet the huge demand in these areas and to outline a plan into how this issue will be progressed moving forward’.’’
The council responded by stating that a permanent library serving the Rathcoole/Saggart/Newcastle area “would indeed be a huge asset to the communities of these areas”.
It added: “The County Council and Libraries Department will of course consider this request subject to a planned investment programme in library infrastructure being put in place.”

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