Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice says that he expects ongoing talk of a section of South Roscommon being subsumed into County Westmeath to finally “be put to bed” in the coming weeks.
In a statement issued to the Roscommon People, Deputy Fitzmaurice said that he has been in regular contact with the “Junior Minister for Environment” over the last few weeks on the issue of the hugely controversial saga surrounding the mooted change in the Roscommon/Westmeath border.
“I made representations on a number of occasions making the case for the existing boundaries to remain and for the Government to put this matter to bed once and for all.
“We need clarity to make sure that Roscommon stays in Roscommon and that the West of Ireland stays in the West of Ireland. I anticipate that the Minister will make a decision on this in the coming weeks and its my expectation is that this issue will be resolved once and for all.
“There is an opportunity at the moment for this to be put to bed as it needs to be put to bed for the people of Roscommon. We need to make sure that Monksland and any such area under threat is kept in the stewardship of Roscommon County Council and that the Shannon will always be dividing Leinster and Connacht”.
Deputy Fitzmaurice said that he expects this issue to be resolved in the near future.