MIXED FEELINGS AND FEARS AS ‘BLAYNEY LOSES ITS CIVIC STATUS

5 June 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

DESPITE a festive air as a handful of people gathered on West Street in Castleblayney last Thursday evening to witness the Town Council perform its final role—and formally thank the local inhabitants for their involvement with the Council since its inception as a civic body in 1853—there was an obvious sense of loss, as a new bureaucratic era was ushered in, linking Castleblayney with Carrickmacross, in a ‘new-born’ administrative body!

OUTGOING town councilors, as well as Cllrs. Aidan Campbell (F.G.) and Jackie Crowe (S.F.) who retained seats for the new set-up, joined Town Mayor Cllr. Gary Carville at an indoor final meeting of the Council—prior to the outside event—and aired fears for the future growth of the town, in the absence of a local Town Council office in the new joint administrative body with Carrickmacross.

However, they were assured by Monaghan County Manager Mr. Eugene Cummins, that it was time to say ‘goodbye’ to the past and move forward.
He assured the Blayney councilors there was “no question” of Castleblayney—or any other town or village—being neglected within …

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