Portarlington Library received a massive boost this week, with a €250,000 grant towards its refurbishment.
Cathaoirleach Mary Sweeney made the announcement during Monday’s meeting of Laois County Council.
“It’s a good week for libraries she said. We’ve just been told that Portarlington Library is to receive €250,000 towards its refurbishment.”
She congratulated Bernie Foran, head of the library services, Anna-Marie Delaney and the County Manager, but said that another €100,000 was still needed.
“It’s great news for Port. I look forward to seeing the work commencing now,” Cllr Ray Cribbin said.
Cllr James Deegan explained that the existing court house building, which is no longer used by the court services is to be imalgamated with the library.
Emo Councillor, Tom Mulhall said it was a great morning for Port.
“I love to hear the word refurbishment, especially for Lower Main Street.
“This is wonderful news and a sign that things are improving.”
County Manager, Peter Carey, said there had been a lot of hard work behind the scenes.
“I hope that it will bring the impetus back to Main Street,” he said.
Fine Gael TD, Charlie Flanagan, said: “Port Library and its staff provide a most important service in education and information to both young and old within the community and its surrounding areas.”