Castlerea Recycling centre row: the fight goes on

Paul Hickey  The Chairperson of Enterprise Castlerea has vowed that he and the organisation that he chairs will continue their fight to prevent plans to build the recycling centre at the Demesne, Castlerea. Speaking last night (Wednesday) as he reflected on the week that has followed another major Castlerea public meeting on the issue, Benny O’Connell told Roscommon People that Enterprise Castlerea would continue to vigorously call on Roscommon County Council to revisit an issue that has generated great emotion and intense political division in the town. The controversial civic amenity project was given the go-ahead by members of Roscommon County at a dramatic and prolonged meeting last November. A large crowd attended last Thursday night’s public information meeting in Castlerea, where some residents and business people expressed resentment towards the County Council. ‘We have not given up on our hope that the Civic Amenity Centre will be redeployed and we will continue to make our case to the executive of Roscommon County Council,’ said Mr. O’Connell.  ‘This issue is not historical at all, people in Castlerea are still determined that the centre will not be built,’ said Mr. O’Connell. The executive of Roscommon County Council is not thought to have changed its stance on the issue, however, and it is understood the project will go out to tender shortly. Roscommon County Council has not responded to a letter from Enterprise Castlerea that seeks the Council’s ‘definitive’ position on the matter. That letter is believed to have been sent a month ago. Several politicians have commented on the issue this week, with Cllr. Luke Flanagan once more pointying the finger at Cllr. Michael McGreal and his Fine Gael council colleagues. Cllr. Flanagan said that ‘this issue has become too complicated