21 September 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Fine Gael TD for Cavan/Monaghan Sean Conlan came under accentuated pressure this week to recant his opposition to the N2 Clontibret to the Border road scheme, with some members of his party grouping on Monaghan Co Council publicly differing with their Dáil colleague regarding his stance on the issue.
Disappointment was expressed by Co Mayor Hugh McElvaney that Deputy Conlan had reiterated his antipathy to the road proposal – which is the subject of a vocal opposition campaign by members of the Don’t Bypass the Bypass grouping in North Monaghan – at a presentation to the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement in Dublin last week.
Mayor McElvaney was speaking at Monday’s adjourned meeting of Monaghan Co Council, where some other FG members of the authority also voiced the opinion that Deputy Conlan was wrong in his views on the issue.
It was decided to invite Deputy Conlan to a future Council meeting to raise the matter with him, although a number of Sinn Féin councillors were opposed to this move, Brian McKenna stating that it would only give the Deputy more “oxygen” to express his opposition to the project, and Matt Carthy claiming the opportunity would give succour to “those who want to see this road put off indefinitely”.
SF abstained when the invitation proposal was put to the members and adopted.
Deputy Conlan was one of a number of TDs who addressed the February meeting of Monaghan Co Council on the N2 Clontibret to the Border scheme.
On that occasion, he said that he did not want to see a sterilised corridor in North Monaghan, but he was not sure that this project would go ahead in the next ten-fifteen years. He agreed that affected landowners needed clarity.
Deputy Conlan also argued at the February meeting that the Clontibret to the Border scheme would not reduce journey times one iota. He could understand the concerns of the people in the north west, and if the funding was available he would have no issue with providing funding for the project, but there were very important hospital and school projects that needed funding and he thought a project like this would have to wait until after the recession.
“The Co Council have their own position and …

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