‘Common sense’ for Gathering signage

Community groups across the county are set for a boost to their ‘Gathering’ events after Longford County Council agreed to exercise a “common sense” approach to advertising signage.

Community groups across the county are set for a boost to their ‘Gathering’ events after Longford County Council agreed to exercise a “common sense” approach to advertising signage.

Clarity was eventually reached on the matter during last week’s local authority meeting after Cllr Mae Sexton (Ind) pointed to the “unauthorised signage relating to business enterprise” that was emerging on primary routes in Co Longford.

“This matter needs clarification,” fumed Cllr Sexton who insisted that the executive of the local authority was exercising discretion with certain signage, while at the same time “coming to the notice of others”.

“I’m looking into Co Cavan and people there are able to put up any signage they want in relation to their ‘Gathering’ events,” Cllr John Duffy (FG) explained. “So what’s the story in Longford? Do we need to put signs about events up on private property inside fences, or is there another way?”

Meanwhile, Cllr Peggy Nolan (FG) said that there were restaurants in Longford town that would “lose out on much needed business” during the ‘Gathering’ because they were off the beaten track and not allowed to erect signage that would alert visitors to their existence.

“Community spitit in this county needs to be helped,” she concluded.