DEPUTY CONLAN UNDER FIRE FOR STANCE ON CLONTIBRET ROAD PROJECT

8 July 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Fine Gael TD for Cavan/Monaghan Sean Conlan came under fire at Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council from Sinn Féin’s Brian McKenna for a recent Northern Standard article which indicated that the Deputy was calling on Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar to bring to a halt the N2 Clontibret to the Border road project.
Colr McKenna was sharply critical of the stance taken on this issue by Deputy Conlan, and his views were echoed by some of the Fianna Fáil councillors, with Padraig McNally asking whether Deputy Conlan was pandering to the objectors to the development.
At a later point in the meeting, Fine Gael’s Hugh McElvaney referred to the comments made about Deputy Conlan as “outrageous criticism”.
On Monday’s agenda was a item under Part VIII of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations 2001, to consider granting planning permission for the easement, improvement and overlay of the N2 National Primary Road – Monaghan to Emyvale – and all associated ancillary works.
However, Director of Services Paul Clifford informed the members that this item had to be withdrawn from the agenda. The consultation process had to recommence because the original timeframe was too tight. It was advertised under the 2001 regulations, which allowed for four weeks’ consultation, and should have been advertised under the 2006 regulations, which allowed for six weeks.
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