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Minister Dick Roche Launches New Library Projects in Clare
I would like to join with the Deputy Mayor in extending a Cead Mile Failte to the Minister today who is honouring us in marking a number of initiatives undertaken by Clare Library Service. It is usually the case that one launches one thing at a time but here in Clare we are happy to launch four or five projects on the one occasion. I think it is a measure of the level of commitment and investment in the library service in Clare that we are in a position to have such a level of positive activity for the benefit of the entire community.
Progress is only achieved through partnership. In the Clare Library service partnership has served us well in implementing our programmes. The support of your department, Minister and the Library Council has been critical over the years not just in terms of the funding provided but also in terms of the real and active support for the various initiatives that have been brought forward. Such support has delivered:
I must also acknowledge the work of the elected members of Clare County Council who have shown a strong commitment to the library service and followed through on that commitment in terms of assigning substantial resources to the service on an annual basis. Even when financially times were tough the importance of resourcing the library service was unanimously accepted.
Partnership is also about working with and for local communities. The local community in every part of Clare has been central to the implementation and delivery of the library programme. As well as the projects I have already mentioned, local communities have been central to the improvement and creation of facilities at:
If I might be parochial for a moment – part of my management responsibilities covers the management of Shannon Town. I haven’t mentioned Shannon as part of the projects undertaken, as Shannon was fortunate to have the Sean Lemass Library put in place in the early 1980s. This and other initiatives such as the Shannon Leisure Centre only came to fruition through strong community involvement in improving what is Ireland’s only newly created town.
I mention this as I know that a close link was
forged with the Minister’s home authority in Greystones,
County Wicklow at that time and both Shannon and Greystones worked
closely together in achieving what was then Town Commission status
for our respective towns. Those links with Greystones have continued
to the present day.
In conclusion, I thank the Minister for honouring us with his presence here to day. I know that he will be impressed with the work that has been done. The Minister can rest assured that Clare Library Service will continue to be innovative in expanding and improving the service for the people of Clare