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Castlebar Councillor questions how Mayo County Council could spend €117,000 on repairing Military Barracks when they didn't own the building

A Castlebar Councillor has questioned how Mayo County Council could spend €117,000 on repairing parts of the old Military Barracks in the county town, when they didn’t actually own the building at the time.

Independent Cllr Frank Durcan raised the matter at the recent monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District.

Councillor Durcan says local councillors were informed three years ago that the local authority had purchased the Military Barracks from the Department of Defence.

He recently put in a Freedom of Information question, asking how much had been spent in repairing the building by the local authority but the reply from Mayo County Council said that while it had agreed to purchased the barracks from the Department, no contracts had been issued as the Department was still endeavouring to make title to the property.

Cllr Durcan says it is incredible that the Department did not acquire the title deeds to the property in the many years it was in its procession.

He says in the region of €117,000 was spent on the building by the local authority, even though it did not own the property.

Cllr Durcan was informed at the meeting that the title issue has now been resolved. 


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