Boyle refusal: Feighan calls for enquiry into Bord Pleanála

Chairperson of Lough Key Forest Park Action Group, Senator Frank Feighan has called for an immediate   enquiry into An Bord Pleanála decision to turn down the building of a hotel near Boyle Co. Roscommon. Senator Feighan said the decision leaves the Boyle area without any hotel and he called for an enquiry into An Bord Pleanála ‘s treatment of the North Roscommon area. ‘Some €10 million has been invested in to the Lough Key area, which will open in 2 weeks time, and which will attract some 200,000 visitors to the region annually, yet we cannot seem to get a hotel in the area,’ he said. ‘This is the third hotel in a year to be turned down for reasons as varied as, their negative visual impact, the location of car parking and the presence a rare species of bat’ he said. ‘Some 3,000 local people have signed a petition in support of the new hotel, but An Bord Pleanála’s refusal displays a negative attitude towards development in the North Roscommon area and it will be detrimental to the future of tourism infrastructure in the west. Senator Feighan   angrily states this is going on for far too long. ‘Tourist infrastructure is vital in the area if we are to progress.   Bord Pleanala have definitely left us out   on a limb.   A full investigation has to commence as a matter of urgency   concluded Senator Feighan.