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25 Jun 2022

Old Port court building for new library

Plans are now in place for the old courthouse building in Portarlington to be incorporated into the public library located on the town’s Main Street.

Plans are now in place for the old courthouse building in Portarlington to be incorporated into the public library located on the town’s Main Street.

As part of the refurbishment of the library, Laois County Council propose changing the use of the existing courthouse section of the building to a public library and the incorporation of this section for a new enlarged library building.

These works will include the demolition of internal partition walls between the existing library and the courthouse, new windows, a new canopy entrance to the front, and the removal and re-paving of existing car parking spaces to the front of the building.

The plans for the development are available at County Hall for inspection by the public up to and including Wednesday, March 12, between the hours of 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

If anyone has any objections to the plans, they have until March 28 to make submissions to the council.

In November, it was announced that the county council had secured a grant of €250,000 towards the refurbishment of Portarlington Library, however Cathaoirleach Mary Sweeney estimated that another €100,000 was needed to complete the works.

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