New central library building for Limerick ‘remains the target’

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

'Issues around access are a challenge for The Granary' - Pat Dowling
A NEW central library building “remains the target” for Limerick City and County Council, deputy CEO Pat Dowling has told members of the Limerick Metropolitan District.

A NEW central library building “remains the target” for Limerick City and County Council, deputy CEO Pat Dowling has told members of the Limerick Metropolitan District.

He was responding to Labour’s Cllr Joe Leddin, who asked what had become of a proposal in a major 2012 report (GVA) to relocate the central library from the Granary.

“There were plans previously - as in the GVA report - to relocate the library,” said Cllr Leddin.

But these plans had been proposed at a time when the council was leasing part of the Granary. Limerick City and County Council had last year purchased the property and Cllr Leddin asked what this would mean for the GVA proposal.

“Are there now plans to upgrade or retrofit what is quite an old building,” he said.

Mr Dowling said there were “issues around access which are a challenge for the Granary” and that it remained the ambition to find “a new, modern, iconic library building in a central location”.

One cultural institution that is moving is the Jim Kemmy Municipal Museum, although Cllr Leddin, Cllr James Collins, Fianna Fail, and Cllr Daniel Butler, Fine Gael, could not get an exact timeframe from officials.

Damien Brady, acting director of service, said that the council had entered into a lease at the former Franciscan Church on Henry Street and had successfully applied for funding from government in September 2013 to carry out remedial works. The building was currently drying out pending the next phase of the process, Mr Brady said.