Industry, agriculture and education helps Granard to maintain town status

Jessica Thompson

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Granard town

Granard's Cllr PJ Reilly has welcomed a decision to backtrack on a proposal to downgrade the town of Granard to village status.

Concerns were raised earlier this year when plans were being made to downgrade towns with a population of under 1,500 to village status.

This is no longer the case, according to Cllr Reilly, who said that Granard traders met with CEO of the Eastern and Midland Region Assembly Jim Conway, CEO of Longford County Council Paddy Mahon and Senior Planning Manager Donal Mac An Bheatha to discuss the issue.

Cllr Reilly (pictured) warmly welcomed the decision to keep the town status as Granard is on major routes to Cavan and the north of the country.

“Granard is no longer under threat of being downgraded,” he said.

“Village status would not be adequate for Granard as there are two major businesses - Pat the Baker and Kiernan Milling - as well as a number of other industries, a livestock mart and two secondary schools.”