Council not in market for pub
WEXFORD County Council has no intention of buying a landmark pub in New Ross as it seeks to install a roundabout on the N30 road from Enniscorthy. A value of €250,000 has been put by the local authority on the Ferry Inn in Mountelliott but the council has found a cheaper alternative.
Instead of purchasing the inn, the council intends to acquire a small piece of land on the other side of the road.
This will allow the construction of a roundabout, 45 metres in diameter, capable of taking national route traffic, including articulated lorries.
'The owner (of the pub) has no problem selling,' said Cllr. Michael Sheehan at the February meeting of Wexford County Council. The Fianna Fail man suggested that this would cost less but his assertion was flatly contradicted by director of road services Eamonn Hore.
'We cannot throw away good public money,' he said. 'It is a perfectly good pub and we don't need to buy it.'
The director was concerned that, in addition to the €250,000 price tag on the Ferry Inn, it would be necessary budget a six figure some for safe demolition of the building.
Labour's George Lawlor said he had never heard anything as ridiculous as the proposal to acquire the pub when it was not needed. The roundabout at the busy Mannion's Crossroads' is being considered because at present south bound motorists using the N30 must give way to traffic coming up the R700 regional road.
A fourth arm of the roundabout will allow access to Mountelliott Cottage.