West Mayo Councillors have approved a new library and civic offices for Westport.

The new offices and library will be developed at the old Convent of Mercy schoolhouse on Altamont Street.

Mayo County Council purchased the property in 2008, but plans to develop the site were stalled.

Now the council has given the go-ahead for the Part 8 planning for the development, and an application will be made for Government funding.

Independent Westport Councillor Christy Hyland has described the design for the new building as "fantastic" and hopes to see work starting on the project in the next 2 or 3 years.

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