THE Labour Party local election candidate in the Graiguecullen/Portarlington municipal district Eoin Barry said that he will campaign for increased supports for local libraries and art centres.
He said that he would do so by looking for increased funding, extra hours in the evenings and at weekends and the retention and increase in staff numbers for libraries and art centres in Laois.
He said: “Our libraries are at the heart of our community. They provide a space for life-long learning. They are hubs for community groups and have been part of our social fabric for over a century. It is one of the essential services our local council provides.
“More importantly, our librarians and support staff are invaluable assistants to people from all walks of life and ensure there is always someone on hand to help.
“Labour believes our libraries and arts centres should have longer opening hours, especially at evenings and weekends. If elected, I will seek to ensure this happens. That means putting in place the resources for extra staff to make it a reality.”
He concluded: “Library programmes that promote computer and internet literacy are really beneficial to people in our communities, especially for the oldest and youngest in our society. These types of programmes can help people avoid being caught by internet scams, while also promoting safety online.”