Cunningham calls for improved library facilities for Ballycastle

19 01 2012

While welcoming the news that the proposed cuts to opening hours at Ballycastle library are not to go ahead as planned – Ballyastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has called for improved library facilities for the town.
“Ballycastle Library is an excellent example of a vibrant public library. It is excellently managed and provides a dynamic focal point in the community assisting many people especially the young to fulfil their potential”

“However there are improvements which would revitalise the service enabling it to provide a modern, vibrant library service, which would offer an enhanced range of books and other services. The people of Ballycastle both deserve and need the best public facilities.”

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Protect our Library

20 09 2011

SDLP Dónal Cunningham has expressed deep concern about proposal from Libraries NI which suggests a reduction in opening hours for Ballycastle Library.

 Reacting to proposals in a public consultation document which could see opening hours at Ballycastle Library cut from 44 hours per week down to 30. Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham said “Whilst welcoming the fact that closure has been ruled out, I have fears that a reduction in the opening hours will see an eventual deterioration in the service”

“Libraries are a vital part of our public services; I am concerned that vulnerable sections of our community will not be able to access their local library. Libraries like local post offices provide a valuable resource to local communities and should be protected”