Inquiry into works at Ardagh Church closes

St Brigid's Church, Ardagh.
An inquiry by Longford County Council into works at St Brigid’s Church in Ardagh is understood to be closed after the council expressed their satisfaction with responses received in relation to works carried out at the church.

An inquiry by Longford County Council into works at St Brigid’s Church in Ardagh is understood to be closed after the council expressed their satisfaction with responses received in relation to works carried out at the church.

The County Council had launched an inquiry after complaints were made in relation to the relocation of the baptismal font which was installed when the Church was built in the 1880s. The Church is a protected structure.

Following an inquiry into the matter, Longford County Council recently wrote to Fr Pat Lennon, Parish Priest in Ardagh, to inform him that the council plans to take no further action in relation to the case.

The letter, from the Planning Department, states:

“I wish to inform you that following careful examination of all the issues, the Planning Department are now satisfied with the responses and reports received and plan to take no further action. The file will now be closed.”

In a statement issued to the Longford Leader in relation to this issue, the local authority said: “Based on the report received from the Architects (Quinn Barnwall Buggy Ltd ) employed by the Parish Council, together with an undertaking from the Parish Council that no further works would be carried without prior consultation with the Planning Dept, it was accepted that the works (the relocation of the baptismal font) were of a relatively minor nature and were reversible.

“Therefore, given the reversible nature of the action, it was considered that no further action was necessary in this case.”

Speaking to the Longford Leader this week, Fr Pat Lennon said that he was not surprised at the letter he received from the council as he had consulted with the relevant authorities where necessary before any changes were made.

He added that he would like to acknowledge the professional way in which the council dealt with the issues raised during the course of the works.