With the Bolton Library in Cashel due to be transferred to the UL, Cllr Tom Wood has called on Minister Hayes to reconsider the plan.
The initial plan would see it taken in charge by the OPW and the historic links between it, the Cashel Palace and the Rock of Cashel would be strengthened and the collection of some thousands of volumes could remain in Cashel, its rightful home. Deputy Brian Hayes acknowledged the very strong case Cllr Wood has made for the reactivation of the Mansergh Plan for the wonderful asset and wrote; “I know that, as a Tipperary man, this must be very close to your heart, and I can certainly appreciate the strength of your feeling in relation to the matter. However, I am sorry to say that the Commissioners of Public Works do not consider that the project, as it was envisaged previously, is feasible. The costs are certainly a factor, the budget available to the OPW for the National Monuments Service has been significantly reduced in recent years and such resources as are available must remain focused on the key aspects relating to the care and maintenance of the National Monuments portfolio and cannot be expended on other projects. The Commissioners must have regard in the first instance to their statutory duties under the National Monuments Act and, unfortunately, the Library is not a matter which falls under their remit.” Minister Hayes goes on to assure Cllr Wood that the Commissioners are nevertheless anxious to support the Library and will be happy to practically support any measures designed to advance its future. “I feel sure that the primacy of Cashel in any arrangements they propose will be guaranteed and I am sure all the parties involved will be completely sensitive to the delicacy of the situation,” added Minister Hayes. “OPW officials have been in touch with the University and have offered them practical help.”