O’FLYNN ACCUSED OF PUTTING LIBRARY AT RISK
A member of Cork County Council has been accused this week of putting the future of the proposed new Mitchelstown Library at risk. Cllr Liam O’Doherty (FG) told The Avondhu, “Cllr Frank O’Flynn is putting the future of the new library in jeopardy.”
“Cllr O’Flynn knows that we can’t have both Forrest Hall and the new library. He was out telling people about the library in Sutton's Court on the day it was announced. Now he doesn’t want the council to sell Forrest Hall. The councillor knows that the new library depends on the sale of Forrest Hall. As usual Cllr O’Flynn is playing both sides,” Cllr O’Doherty told The Avondhu.
A council meeting at which Cllr O’Flynn had a motion on the agenda for the county council to provide Forrest Hall for the youth of Mitchelstown had to be abandoned due to protestors invading the council chambers. The vote on Cllr O’Flynn’s motion will now take place in two weeks time.
In reply Councillor Frank O’Flynn (FF) told The Avondhu,“Firstly, I am not against the sale of Forrest Hall. I want Forrest Hall to go to the community. I want what’s best for the people and especially the youth of Mitchelstown. Forrest Hall is in an ideal location and this is an opportunity that should not be missed for the people.
"I believe that this is a very bad time for the council to try and sell Forrest Hall. Mitchelstown needs a library and we also need to provide for the young people. I will always do my best for the youth of Mitchelstown and I think that it is high time that the other councillors got behind the people of this town.”
Mitchelstown parish priest Fr Michael Fitzgerald has long campaigned for more facilities for the youth of Mitchelstown.
“We have no political interests, our bottom line is that the young people of Mitchelstown need facilities. The new library is more than welcome but let this be a start. Our public servants who have been elected to serve the people of Mitchelstown. They need to stop all this political fighting and start working together. Again the bottom line is that our youth deserve better,” Fr Fitzgerald said.
Thursday 16th April 6:51pm