DECLINE IN CLONES POPULATION PROMPTS CONCERN

24 June 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A strong appeal was made by Fine Gael councillor Hugh McElvaney at Monday’s Annual Meeting of Monaghan Co Council for the newly elected Co Mayor Seamus Coyle to lead an initiative in the course of his term of office that would revive the economic fortunes of the town of Clones and its hinterland.
Expressing concern at statistics that had come to light indicating a significant population decline in Clones over recent years, Colr McElvaney called for the Co Council’s Director of Services to visit the town to see its problems at first hand and devise remedies for them.
Colr McElvaney welcomed the fact that the “powerhouse” position on Monaghan Co Council was back in the Clones Electoral Area, because that was where the work needed to be done.
Referring to a recent meeting on the review of the Co Development Plan held in the presence of Senior Planner Adrian Hughes, the Fine Gael councillor said it had come to members’ attention that the most neglected part of their county was Clones – all other areas of the county were increasing in population but the Clones area was decreasing.
Colr McElvaney said there was a lot of work to be done there, and he hoped the visit to the town by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan on Thursday would be the first of many such ministerial visits.
“I am asking you to make the development of the Clones Electoral Area, particularly Clones Town, your first priority,” Colr McElvaney stated to the newly elected Mayor, who like himself is a representative for the Clones Electoral Area.
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