Eight years after Mayo County Council purchased the Imperial Hotel in Castlebar, there are no plans for the future use of the historic building on The Mall.

The issue was discussed at this week's meeting of Mayo County Council, where Castlebar-based FG Councillor Ger Deere accused the council of carrying out "a slap-up paint job" on the hotel last month.

The hotel was where the Land League was founded in 1879, and Councillor Deere believes part of the building could be used as a museum or heritage centre, to showcase the history of the county town, while he claims council offices could also be developed at the site, instead of renting offices elsewhere in Castlebar.

Councillor Deere says he's disappointed that the building is falling into disrepair....

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