The prospect of Longford and Westmeath's library services amalgamating is not a forgone conclusion, Council chiefs have said.
In his first official meeting as County Council CEO last week, Paddy Mahon revealed Department of Local Government officials were open to possible alternative suggestions.
Mr Mahon said that talks had taken place with other councils affected by possible library mergers but no formal discussions have taken place with either Longford or Westmeath local authorities about possible shared library services.
He added following a meeting of the County and City Managers Association (CCMA) affected local auhorities, a further meeting had been due to take place with the Department on Monday.
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