KILKENNY County Councillor Anne Maria Irish has described news of a new library and local government offices for Ferrybank as a lifeline to the area and a sign of the authority’s commitment to the people of the expanding community on the Kilkenny-Waterford border.
The local authority has confirmed a €780,000 once-off grant from the Department of the Environment towards the development of a library which will be housed in a major ground floor unit of the new Ferrybank Shopping Centre.
“A further €300,000 grant from local government funding from our reserves is expected to be approved for this project which allow us to buy books and other resources. This library, coupled with the new local area offices to be located overhead, is great news for Ferrybank and a welcome boost to the area,” the Fine Gael councillor said.
“This investment is a very clear statement of intent that Kilkenny County Council is very serious about providing the best possible services to the people of Ferrybank, the second largest hub in the county,” the Slieverue woman said.
Ferrybank-based TD, John Paul Phelan, said the development will inject life into the Ferrybank Shopping Centre and spur further tenants to examine the feasibility of taking units there. “Today is a great day for Ferrybank. Business follows other business. It is the council’s intention that the new local area offices will open in May and it would be my hope that the throughput of people will make it a vibrant, attractive hub for new enterprise.
“The Ferrybank area needs an injection of life and we need jobs in our local community. Kilkenny County Council’s vote of confidence in Ferrybank and the Government’s commitment to services for the community here is, I believe, only the start of a great 2012 for Ferrybank. I’m proud of what has been achieved today and I look forward to new life, new enthusiasm being injected into this proud community,” the 33 year-old TD said.