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Cllr Jimmy Moloney

Cllr Jimmy Moloney

Councillor Mike Kennelly

Councillor Mike Kennelly

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Cllr Jimmy Moloney

Councillors sounded an urgent warning on Listowel's ability to accommodate future industry in a heated appeal to senior management at a meeting of the Listowel Municipal Area on Monday.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Jimmy Moloney and Fine Gael Cllr Mike Kennelly took issue with the wording of the draft variation to the town development plan that is proposing to zone 14.1ha in Clieveragh and 9.6ha in Tanavalla as industrial/enterprise/employment, which the Council says 'would facilitate the consideration of job creation developments'.

However, the councillors said information they obtained since the draft was mooted suggested to them Listowel could find itself faced with the prospect of having no available land for industrial development. The warning was also in the context of Shannon Properties' sale of the last public lands for industry in Listowel.