Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

LOUTH County Coun­cil (LCC) will not seek to take con­trol of Carstown House un­der the Derelict Sites Act be­cause they sim­ply would not have the funds needed to re­store or main­tain the build­ing, Coun­cil­lors have been told.

Coun­cil­lor Kevin Cal­lan raised the is­sue at the Oc­to­ber meet­ing of Drogheda Mu­nic­i­pal District last Mon­day, fol­low­ing the dev­as­tat­ing fire at the prop­erty the pre­vi­ous week­end. At the Septem­ber meet­ing he had asked for a re­port on the build­ing and said he feared it was ‘at risk’ from fire.

‘I am again re­quest­ing a re­port on it but I would also ask that we look at the Derelict Sites Act. I be­lieve there is some is­sue over who owns it. It is an aw­ful shame it has been burned down, it is not only a county loss but is also of na­tional im­por­tance,’ said the coun­cil­lor.

‘I be­lieve the coun­cil can ex­press an in­ter­est in tak­ing it over.’

Coun­cil­lor Oliver Tully agreed it was ‘an aw­ful shame’ to see what had hap­pened to such a his­toric build­ing. He said the Louth Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety have been work­ing on this for a long time and a sur­vey was due to be car­ried out the week af­ter the fire and he said this will still go ahead.

He asked the coun­cil to se­cure the prop­erty and seek fund­ing so that a roof can be put on it to pre­vent fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion.

‘ There’s no roof left, there are no floors left it’s just a shell at this stage,’ he said. Se­nior Engi­neer Pat Finn agreed the house is of na­tional im­por­tance. He said the coun­cil had re­ceived some fund­ing last year and did some works at the prop­erty. He said more fund­ing had been se­cured to do ex­tra work like prop­ing up the fire­place and that money is still there.

‘We’ll be re­assess­ing that in light of the dis­as­ter­ous fire,’ he said. ‘ The build­ing is pri­vately owned and the coun­cil would not have the money to take it over and bring it back from its cur­rent state of dis­re­pair.’ Agree­ing, Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices Paddy Don­nelly said the coun­cil just don’t have the re­sources avail­able to do the work that is nec­es­sary.

Carstown House

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