McCarthy concern at potential library losses

Today the new Libraries Board gave evidence at the Assembly Culture Committee and Alliance MLA Kieran McCarthy raised several concerns about plans to close up to 14 libraries.

Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “It is a real blow that we could potentially lose up to 14 libraries in the Greater Belfast area. While everyone understands the need for rationalisation, I hope that this does not have a negative impact on the service.

“Officials said this part of strategic plans but I sincerely hope this can deliver a better library service.

“The Chief Executive confirmed that there will be no jobs lost, and I will follow this matter closely to ensure that this is the case. I also emphasised the need for better provision for blind people and people with disabilities.”


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