Ballymahon library was not prioritised over Granard says local councillor

Cllr Micheal Carrigy, Fine Gael,  has been elected Chairman of the Midland Regional Authority.  Cllr Carrigy from Ballinalee will hold the prestigious post for one year.
A Longford County Councillor has moved to quash rumours that local authority officials gave priority to the refurbishment of Ballymahon Library instead of its opposite number in Granard town, writes Liam Cosgrove.

A Longford County Councillor has moved to quash rumours that local authority officials gave priority to the refurbishment of Ballymahon Library instead of its opposite number in Granard town, writes Liam Cosgrove.

Cllr Micheal Carrigy was responding to recent comments made at a meeting of the north Longford authority which suggested Ballymahon had somehow overtaken long standing plans to upgrade Granard Libary.

A regular talking point at council meetings over the past six months, several local authority members have registered their own concerns with questions being directed as to how Granard Library has been left waiting for renovation works to be given the green light.

Giving his reaction to those claims this week, the Fine Gael representative said: “The Ballymahon project was priority for funding for a long number of years and at no stage had it replaced that of Granard following the 2009 election.”

The Ballinalee postmaster was speaking just days after holding fresh talks with Environment Minister Phil Hogan. According to Cllr Carrigy, the meeting proved to be constructive with Mr Hogan being briefed on the diverse history that is attached to Granard’s Market House and present day Library building. “Minister Hogan was aware of and impressed by the application put forward by Longford County Council,” said Cllr Carrigy.

As for whether that appreciation might allow for the possible release of State funding to finance a proposed revamp, Cllr Carrigy said the signs were very much positive.

“I’m confident that funding will be made available for refurbishment works to take place at Market House Library in Granard in the near future,” he added.