Junior Minister Patrick O’Donovan (FG) is to visit Clareabbey while a meeting of the Taskforce committee for the area is to be convened in the coming months.

Calls for the implementation of a short, medium and long-term plan at Clareabbey were voiced by Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy (FF) at the September meeting of the Ennis Municipal District. She flagged that the Clareabbey Taskforce “which was promised to be actioned” in January had yet to meet and requested that this be dealt with.

Ongoing fly tipping at the location had been highlighted by Clarecastle Tidy Towns during the months of March and August with the former Mayor also highlighting “the ongoing risk of repeated damage and desecration to the graves located within the Abbey”.

Different ideas put forward by the Quin native included the addition of CCTV cameras to cover the entrance road and Abbey, a more thorough analysis of the fly tipping material, remedial actions to repair damaged graves, use of the current drainage project to enhance the entrance, introduction of Wild Atlantic Way or Shannon Estuary Way themed roundabouts and a follow up to the feasibility plan for a Fergus Walk from Clarecastle to Ennis.

Senior executive officer, Leonore O’Neill confirmed that a meeting of the Taskforce would be convened in early October. “We are currently contacting agencies seeking representation on the Taskforce and we have sought an update on all actions identified in the meeting held in January”.

Clarecastle individuals assisted Cllr Colleran Molloy in drafting the motion, she admitted. There is frustration regarding a “lack of accountability on who is responsible for what in Clareabbey”, Fianna Fáil’s only female member of Clare County Council stated.

Reference to damaged headstones and the emotional impact this had on families was recalled by Cllr Pat Daly (FF). Mayor of Ennis, Cllr Paul Murphy (FG) told the meeting he has spoken with Minister of State at the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan (FG) on the specific matter and expressed his hope that the Junior Minister would visit the site in the near future.

Related News

river fergus ennis
Plans to be lodged for apartment and retail projects in Ennis town centre
shannon refugees public meeting 28-01-23 dominic haugh 2
'Residents Group must represent entire population of Shannon on asylum seekers'
shannon refugees public meeting 28-01-23 elaine dickson 2
'I won't be bandied a racist' - Chair of Shannon Residents Group says town hasn't services for more refugees
ul hospital ennis
Ennis Hospital staff warn of delayed cancer diagnoses after five weeks of surgery cancellations

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Scroll to Top
Enable Notifications for the latest news and updates OK No thanks