Tuesday 13 January 2009

Council in bid to end Lissadell House row

SLIGO County Council is to seek immediate talks with the owners of Lissadell House in a effort to resolve a row which has led to the closure of the ancestral home of Countess Markievicz to the public.

At a meeting yesterday, members voted that the council enter into discussion with the owners and locals to try to resolve a dispute over rights of way through the north Sligo estate.

Last month, the council voted to amend its County Developnent plan to protect rights of way through Lissadell, which one local councillor, Joe Leonard, maintained have existed for generations.

But barrister owners Eddie Walsh and Constance Cassidy, who claim they cannot continue to operate the house as a tourist attraction under those conditions, say they received assurances from the local authority and the previous owners, that there is no public right of way through the estate.

Anita Guidera
Irish Independent


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