A BREXIT OPPORTUNITY? MONAGHAN SHOULD EXPORT LION AND UNICORN TO BRITAIN SAYS SF COUNCILLOR!

21 October 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETER HUGHES

A motion before Monday’s meeting of the Monaghan Municipal District seeking to have aesthetic improvements made to the façade of the Monaghan Courthouse building prompted a revival of the long-standing campaign by those of Republican viewpoint to have the lion and unicorn insignia adorning the structure removed.

Independent councillor Seamus Treanor’s revival of his calls for the removal of the harsh-looking security grilles that have been a feature of the Courthouse since renovation works took place there a number of years ago inspired Sinn Féin’s Brian McKenna to throw the lion and unicorn into the mix for excision.

Councillor Treanor had tabled a motion for discussion, “That we write to the Courts Service regarding the cleanliness of Monaghan Courthouse and also request the removal of the unsightly shutters.”

In a question on the agenda, SF’s Sean Conlon asked: “Following representations received from a member of the public, with enclosed photographs, will the Council Executive engage with the Dept of Justice seeking the implementation of a regularly scheduled programme of cleaning and maintenance to the front of the Courthouse?”
The written response to the question stated: “A letter was issued to the Dept of Justice dated October 5 2016 in relation to this matter.”

Councillor Treanor in moving his motion repeated his previously expressed views about how the security features that had been added to the windows of the building detracted from its appearance.

“They should not be defacing one of the most historical buildings in Monaghan Town by putting shutters across…
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