You can now get free sanitary products in public libraries in Cork

The initiative is a collaboration between Cork County Council and Cork start-up ‘Riley’.

Cork County Council Library and Arts Service has just launched a brand new initiative which will see free sanitary products to those who need them across their network of 29 branches and mobile libraries across Cork.

The eco-friendly period products provided for the initiative will come from Cork-based start-up Riley. Launched back in 2021, Riley has been on a mission to end period plastic and produces 100% certified organic cotton tampons and pads. The company provides an easy-to-use online subscription plan using products made by ethical manufacturers, all boxed in compostable packaging.

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The initiative, which is funded by the Department of Health, will see dispensers installed in libraries with public toilets, and those without will be using box dispensers in discreet locations inside the library.

Welcoming the project, Deputy Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Deirdre O’Brien mentions:

“Unfortunately, period poverty is a real issue in Ireland. There are women and girls in every town and village in Ireland who struggle to afford to buy sanitary products and the increase in the cost-of-living is adding to the situation.

“Our libraries are a fantastic resource and are easily accessible with our mobile branches regularly visiting remote areas of the county.  I’m delighted to see the Library and Arts Service leading the way with this pilot initiative.

The dispensers are in the public toilets and discreet areas of libraries so there is no need for people to feel embarrassed about availing of the free period products.

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