Yesterday, we drove out to the LexIcon library in Dún Laoghaire, to join library staff in expressing opposition to Council management policy that sees the introduction of staffless library hours on Sundays.

Unstaffed or staffless libraries undermine, devalue and threaten the recognised place of libraries as social, cultural, educational and economic focal points.

Few other spaces can boast such a diversity of service.

Unstaffed libraries will undoubtedly facilitate increased opening hours but will not increase accessibility in areas of programming, classes, exhibits, and workshops, and may signal further staff reductions in the cultural sphere.

Libraries in the absence of staff will begin to erode the very service they provide.

I encourage people to express their support for staff at dlr LexIcon library and for the protection of our library services.