Local Independent councillor, Michael O’Brien, has welcomed the official opening of the new library at the old courthouse in Moate.
Speaking after the official opening on Friday last, Cllr O’Brien said the opening is one of his proudest days as a local councillor.
"This project ran into difficulties around the time of the 2014 local elections so it was one of the first issues that my colleagues and I dealt with in the aftermath of the election," he said. "The people of Moate were promised a library so I fought hard for it.
"I have to commend all my elected colleagues who got behind this project to ensure it became a reality, and indeed former local councillors Tom Allen and Joe Whelan for the contribution they made during the early stages of the project. The library is beautiful, both inside and outside. It is something that we can all be very proud of, to have our civic building restored and accessible to everyone in our community.
"It has brought a new lease of life back into the town. It was lovely to see the late Colm Murray recognised too with a broadcasting archive that will be accessible to the public here. This was something my Independent colleague Deputy Moran brought before the council a couple of years ago, so it is nice to see it being included in the library."