Cllr Peggy Nolan has called on the Longford County Council executive to examine the possibility of acquiring new land for the Mall.
The popular local amenity, which was renamed the Albert Reynolds Peace Park earlier this year in honour of the late former Taoiseach, was the recipient of a Green Flag last week, which was a source of great pride for the councillors.
The news was shared by means of a press release, sent by Community Enterprise Development Officer Frank Horne, which was read aloud by Cathaoirleach of Longford Municipal District, Padraig Loughrey at last Wednesday’s meeting.
“That’s great news, Cathaoirleach, and I’ve always said the Mall is one of the finest inland parks, if not the finest inland park, in the country, and it’s a gem,” said Cllr Seamus Butler. “People say there’s nothing in Longford, but you just have to open your eyes.”
Cllr Butler then made a proposal that the council hold a flag-raising ceremony to mark the occasion, which was quickly seconded.
Expressing her delight at the news, Cllr Peggy Nolan then revealed that before the demise of Longford Town Council, planning had been done and funding set aside, pending the outcome of negotiations, to acquire extra land for the park.
“I think it’s something that we should actively try to engage with again because the land is still available. I know that they were a local family and I know that they were quite keen to engage with the local authority,” Cllr Nolan stated.
She then asked that the matter be kept on the agenda and further investigated on foot of the Mall’s Green Flag success.