Update: City Council say compr...


Update: City Council say comprehensive risk assessments have been carried out at city Libraries

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08:14 5 Jul 2023

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In a statement to RedFM News, Cork City Council say their health and safety systems have been reviewed and updated and say staff were involved in the process.

A spokesperson says comprehensive risk assessments have also been conducted and documented.

The Council say library management continue to offer the appropriate supports to staff following recent issues in the library service.

The statement goes on to say that the Council continue to review policies and procedures with the assistance of expert advice.


Library staff who are members of the Fórsa trade union will stage a protest outside the city library on Grand Parade on Friday.

The union says staff at the library have been subjected to harassment by protestors who video record them without consent and attempt to remove books they consider "inappropriate."

Fórsa had called on the City Council to carry out an immediate health and safety risk assessment of public libraries and the threat posed by protestors.

Speaking to RedFM News Richy Carrothers from Fórsa says their members feel let down by the council.

"People feel intimidated, they feel that their employer has essentially abandoned them, they feel that they are kind of forgotten.

The far right actors are running amok in libraries up and down the country, but it's particularly problematic in Cork central library.

People are angry and they're upset because of the vicious and foul things that are said to them on a daily basis."

RedFM News has contacted the Council for comment.

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