Northern Ireland

Extra funds sees revised Northern Ireland libraries plan

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Image caption Some libraries have seen plans for widespread cuts in hours reversed

Libraries NI has decided on a revised plan for branch opening hours and, in some cases, plans for widespread cuts in hours have been reversed.

Extra money from the department of culture arts and leisure has allowed the libraries board to reduce the impact.

The board says the additional money, £2.4m eases the financial pressure.

A number of branches will be open for longer than at present but some will still have to manage with fewer hours.

Lurgan library was to have lost 13.5 hours but instead it will gain 3.5. Glengormley was to have lost 17 hours but will now not have any change.

However, Fintona and Newtownstewart will still be reduced from 23 to 18 hours.

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