Graffiti on the walls of the toilets at Dring Lake indicating “Shame on Longford Council” has resulted in a public meeting in Aughnacliffe this week.
The graffiti, which was described by one local man as “a very professional job” is a backlash towards the local authority following its closure of the facilities two years ago when the HSE deemed the water in the area to be contaminated.
Since then Mel Kiernan - who lives directly opposite the lake - has been inundated with visitors to the site, asking if they can use his toilet facilities. “As far as I am aware, that graffiti was done after Easter Sunday,” Mr Kiernan told the Leader.
“There was big crowds at the lake on Easter Sunday - it was a great day - and there were picnics and BBQs.”
The local man went on to say that it was after that particular day he noticed the wording on the toilets, which he described as “a very professional job”.
“People were knocking on my door on Easter Sunday asking to use the toilets here at my house; the closure of the toilets at the lake by Longford Co Council is totally unacceptable,” he added.
Meanwhile Councillors PJ Reilly (FF) and Michael Carrigy (FG) have been putting pressure on the executive of the local authority in recent months to reopen the toilets at Dring Lake.
“We are doing our best to get the toilets re-opened there,” Cllr Reilly said.
“In order to sort the situation out properly, a well will have to be bored and the whole job will cost in the region of €10,000.”
And it is this factor that is causing all the problems. Longford Co Council does not have the money to spend on the upgrade and the Granard Municipal District Area does not have the finances either, the Leader has learned.
“I do think it is disgraceful that the facility is closed given the fact the area is one of the best amenities in north Longford, but graffiting the toilets is not the way forward either,” Cllr Reilly added.
Queries submitted to Longford County Council were unanswered at the time of going to press.