22 October 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The elected members of the Monaghan Municipal District agreed on Monday to seek a meeting with retail group Aldi to see if they would agree to reactivating the local authority lease on the Mc- Nally’s car-park in Monaghan Town on a short-term basis to cover the Christmas and New Year period. Aldi acquired the car-park location with a view to developing a retail outlet there but continued to lease it to Monaghan Co Council for car-parking purposes. However, Aldi announced in September that they were halting plans to develop a Monaghan store, stating that negotiations with Monaghan Co Council in relation to flood relief measures at the site had proven unsuccessful.

The lease held by the Co Council in relation to the car-park was terminated and the area closed. The Municipal District councillors on Monday supported a proposal from Fianna Fáil’s Raymond Aughey to seek a meeting with Aldi to see if the area could be reactivated as a local authority car-park on a short-term basis to cover the busy end-of year trading season. Concern was expressed at the adverse impact on Christmas trade in the town that could ensue from the loss of the car-parking spaces.

Councillor Aughey asked at Monday’s meeting if any of the local authority executive had asked to meet Aldi about a shortterm let of the McNally’s site for December. If not, he proposed that a delegation of two or three councillors endeavour to meet Aldi to see if they could hammer out an…

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