Opposition to Cavan Monaghan Library Amalgamation Grows – IMPACT

This evening, 6th February 2014, the Cavan Branch of IMPACT are meeting with elected representatives, local TD’s and Senators to highlight the issues with the proposals to amalgamate the library and fire services of Cavan and Monaghan.

A cross party motion, by Cllr. Niamh Smyth, opposing library amalgamation will be proposed at next Monday’s 9th February meeting of Cavan County Council in the Council Chamber, Courthouse, Cavan at 2pm.

The motion being proposed is “Calling on Cavan County Council to send a very clear message to the Department of the Environment that this local authority will not accept any move to amalgamate the library services of Cavan and Monaghan that will contribute further to rural decline”

Ray Ryan, assistant general secretary with IMPACT is very impressed with the level of interest at the local level at campaign events so far he said “local library staff, representing all grades, are understandably upset by these proposals, as they will undermine the ability of counties to protect their own local services.

The library workers pledged full support for the campaign being ran by IMPACT trade union, Mr Ryan said “the library staff are more than willing to fight to keep provision of this important service safeguarded, and a Joint Committee has been established to campaign on the matter.

Mr Ryan emphasised the importance of keeping the momentum of the campaign going locally, and said that “briefings with public representatives in each local authority are being organised by the respective Branch Committees and so far we have gained a great deal of support for the issue.