Locals support Lissadell owners
Sir -- As a local, I am saddened at the outcome of the Lissadell court case, sympathising with the owners as they grapple with an appalling dilemma. With absolute public rights of way, Lissadell is inoperable. Most locals believe that the biggest investors in our community do not deserve this. In support of them, 1,000 locals have signed a petition pleading for a resolution. However, a number of truths must be highlighted.
First, most locals were unaware of the local council's unprecedented motion to amend the County Development Plan 'to preserve rights of way across the estate', (resulting in the High Court action). The council acted at the behest of a very small minority, without notifying the majority in the locality, later claiming to have acted "in the public interest". Had the majority been notified, issues would almost certainly have been resolved amicably. But once the motion was passed, nothing could be done.
Second, access to Lissadell Beach is via a public road leading to a large Coillte car park. This is not part of the property and the owners have never, ever, attempted to prevent access to the beach.