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Value for money needed if Rocky Rd site is to be purchased

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A purchase of lands at the Rocky Rd for use as an amenity for residents of Ennis will not be made unless value for money will be assured.

At the December meeting of the Ennis Municipal District, Cllr Johnny Flynn sought an update on whether the local authority had progressed with the purchase of roads or land at the Rocky Rd in Ennis.

Carmel Kirby of the Council Executive replied, “We have looked at a valuation at Rocky Rd, it currently exceeds the value to purchase an amenity area and we are now looking at what business case we can put together”.

Cllr Flynn then asked, “In assessment was the €25,000 already sitting there taken into account, if it was taken off current market value?” The sum of money was put together by Ennis Town Council prior to its abolition.

Concluding the discussion, Kirby outlined, “I can confirm there is a fund of €25,000 set aside but we would have to prove value for money if we were to continue with the purchase. The price is over and above what we would pay. That is not to say that we will not look at it further”.

Earlier this year, feral goats in the area received international prominence. They had been living in the vicinity of the Rocky Rd for decades but began to roam the roads of Ennis unsupervised and an Ennis Municipal District meeting heard the goats were “procreating like there is no tomorrow”. In May, the roaming goats were moved to Louth, with the transfer organised by Clare County Council.

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