Creevelea Abbey, Leitrim
The Office of Public Works (OPW) have informed Leitrim County Council that the boundary wall at Creevelea Abbey is not part of the National Monuments and therefore not their responsibility.
The council told members of Manorhamilton municipal area recently they will discuss the matter again with the OPW.
Cllr Padraig Fallon told the members the wall in question is just metres from the abbey and he asked who is responsible for the wall.
He did praise other works carried out at the site recently but pondered could security cameras be set up at the monastic site as there “was an incident where stones were taken from the abbey recently.”
Cllr Mary Bohan said the OPW “are splitting hairs” and stated “someone has to take responsibility.” Councillors said Creevelea Abbey has become a well visited tourist attraction in the county and agreed the structure needs to be protected.
The council said they will investigate the matter again with the OPW.
Correspondence from the OPW replying to questions over Kilbride Cemetery, told Manorhamilton municipal district they have no responsibility over the cemetery and the issue should be brought up with the National Monuments.
Cllr Mary Bohan who first brought up the issue of health and safety at the graveyard was very unhappy with the response and said “this needs to be dealt with.” She claimed an accident could occur on the site, or people may be told not to enter the cemetery if the issue goes unresolved and that is not satisfactory.