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Ó Broin expresses concern at staffless libraries rollout

21 October, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Eoin Ó Broin TD has expressed concern about plans to extend the staffless libraries pilot scheme.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“I share some of the concerns raised by the Staff Our Libraries campaign on the plan to continue the rollout of staffless libraries to approx. 20 branches after the initial trial of the service in libraries in Tullamore, Banagher and Tubbercurry.

“The campaign group is calling for a full and independent analysis of the pilot scheme on which this roll out plan is based and I support this call.

“Furthermore, an iron clad guarantee needs to be given by Minister Coveney from the floor of the Dáil that the continued rollout of this scheme will not result in staffing hours being cut.

“Professional librarians are an invaluable resource in all our local libraries and we need reassurances from the Minister that they will not be replaced by automated services. The Minster also needs to provide assurances that the will be provisions made for people with disabilities or those with special needs during the staffless hours in the 20 plus pilot locations. I have raised this matter with the Minister and I will do so again in the coming weeks.” 

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