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Clare County Council has undertaken to provide an update on the status of Mountshannon House which has lain empty despite being sold for sheltered housing 19 years ago.

Progress pledged on the issue of landmark property

CONCERNS over a landmark property in East Clare, which remains empty despite being earmarked for sheltered housing for the last two decades, are being addressed, the Council has pledged.
The issue of Mountshannon House was raised at the AGM of the Killaloe Municipal District when Councillor Pat Burke sought an update, after flagging the matter previously last April.
At that time, councillors heard that while the property had been bought by the Respond Voluntary Housing Association, in 2002, thanks to a Council-supported loan, the proposed accommodation had not materialised.
Speaking last week, Councillor Burke said that with developments on the way for The Old Rectory building, which is set to become an interpretative centre for Inis Cealtra, there is growing concern about Mountshannon House.
“The issue hasn’t gone away,” he said. “In recent times, I’ve gotten a number of requests from members of the community who want an update on what’s going on.
“There’s a lot happening with the rectory and people are wondering now what’s happening with Mountshannon House.”
The Whitegate native noted that the issue had received significant publicity when he highlighted it earlier this year and criticised the handling of the matter, branding it “a disgrace”.
“As we know, this got lot of media attention after I raised it,” he said. “What I’m asking now is that it be kept high on the agenda. There might be new options to do something with that property.”
In response, Director of Services, Anne Haugh gave an assurance that the matter is in hand. “It is receiving attention as we speak,” she said. “We are exploring various options and have a proposed route. That’s as much as I can say at the moment and I will update your further.”

About Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

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