At last Monday’s meeting of Carrick-on-Shannon Municipal District Cllr Finola Armstrong-McGuire raised the issue of toilet facilities along the Blueway.
In her motion Cllr Armstrong-McGuire stated, “I ask that Leitrim County Council take steps to improve facilities at the Leitrim to Drumshanbo Blueway by opening and operating toilet facilities all year round.”
Addressing the monthly meeting Cllr Armstrong-McGuire elaborated on the importance of having these facilities available to the public.
“The Blueway is a hugely used facility, we have to provide some facilities. They are there, built. It is an employment opportunity for someone.”
Backing the motion Cllr Sinead Guckian expressed the view that the Blueway will become busy all year round saying, “I think it is going to be a popular walkway.”
Cllr Sean McGowan also offered his support saying, “It’s not a lot to ask for. The Blueway is absolutely fantastic.”
Cllr Des Guckian said this was an issue he raised some time back saying, “I said to the then County Manager that there was a need for proper facilities.”
Cllr Guckian expressed the view that the Blueway will not attract the same volume of walkers during the months asking, “Would rudimentary facilities be ok for emergencies?”
Reiterating her point that the provision of better facilities could also lead to employment opportunities Cllr Armstrong-McGuire added, “It’s two part time jobs I am looking for. It is not reasonable to expect people to walk for miles and there are no toilets at the end.”
The meeting heard the matter raised is a matter for Waterways Ireland and it will be brought to their attention.