The High Court has ruled that public rights of way exist across the grounds of historic Lissadell House in Co Sligo, according to RTE and its website.
From an Edward Walsh, Constance Cassidy and family persepctive it notes…
However, they said they could not continue to operate it as a tourist amenity if rights of way existed. This afternoon, they said the gates of the estate would be opened today but their dream for Lissadell House was over.
So Sligo County Council have won their battle, albeit very stupidly on behalf of the people of Sligo but in reality everyone has lost. There are no winners in this case. It will essentially cost the taxpayer and the state, in more ways than one.
If you want to see an example of what one family could have done for an area try Lough Key in Roscommon. That is, although very differently the general idea, except this was being done privately. I wonder [for eg] just how much revenue the locality gained after just one concert in the estate.
Sligo County Council had noted their statement via Twitter at 9.40pm this evening. These are the quotes from their statement that I found interesting….
Sligo County Council’s over-riding concern in this case, was to safeguard the public interest…..
The Council wishes them every success with this venture and hopes that Lissadell will continue to play an important role in the heritage and tourism sectors…..
The Council believes that this issue could and should have been resolved locally, by negotiation. The Council did everything it reasonably could to achieve such a settlement, including an offer of mediation, but all its approaches were rejected out of hand.
….interesting based on the two posts I have previously written on this.
Let me just take a part of a quote from the first post and the family statement
On 1st December 2008 Sligo County Council, without any notice to us…..
I personally hope it opens again. Either or I am with the family on this one….
Why would anyone continue?
UPDATE: 21st Dec - It seems LissadellHouse.com has been taken down.
ALSO: from The Sligo Today – yet more logic. That is, apart from the colourful comments by a ‘Diane O’Brian’.
And so, following the longest High Court action in the history of the state, the future of Sligo’s most historic tourist attraction and open-air concert venue hangs in a delicate balance, weighed between the few hundred people who will exercise the rights of way and the 40,000 annual visitors complimented by an extra 30,000 concert goers.
Mr Walsh told waiting reporters, “We took on what the State was not prepared to do. We had a vision. The vision is over. My involvement ceases.”