26 January 2018
By Mary Bermingham
Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, is “delighted with the announcement” that Cork County Council has today lodged planning permission for their proposed relocation and upgrade of the Kinsale library.
Senator Lombard, who just recently opened his constituency office in Kinsale, said: “I welcome this major step forward for the Kinsale library project. We have been looking for a new location for the Kinsale library for a number of years, and today’s planning permission application is an important step towards achieving this for the town
“The current library is located in small, rented premises that are inadequate for use as a library in a town of this size – with regards to stock capacity, facilities for research, study, and community events etc.
Above: The current library is located in what is known as the Methodist Hall, at the rear of a church.
“The new proposal is to provide a 3-storey structure on the Old Mill, Church Square, to house a modern library in the heart of the town of which the ground floor is nearly 4 times the size of the current building.
“This is an important infrastructure for Kinsale; libraries provide a focal point for local communities, a recreational and learning outlet for children and adults alike, as well as multi-purpose meeting and workshop spaces.”
Senator Lombard also acknowledged the incredible work and contribution made by Cork County Council towards this project; the majority of funding put towards library services in Cork comes from the council’s own resources.