Ard­more should not have been sold

July 1985

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

County Wick­low’s two gov­ern­ment min­is­ters have been chal­lenged to find a long term and last­ing so­lu­tion to the con­tin­ued prob­lems at Ard­more Stu­dios in Bray.

Grey­stones Town Com­mis­sioner Jack Mur­nane, for­merly a mem­ber of the Labour Party and now an in­de­pen­dent, said in a state­ment this week that the whole ques­tion had been left drift too long.

He said the pro­posed sale should never have been un­der­taken and se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion should have been given to the es­tab­lish­ment of a prop­erly funded, Irish owned Na­tional Film Stu­dio.

Such a pro­posal is the of­fi­cial Labour Party pol­icy in the Wick­low Con­stituency. He says the amount which has been spent since the clo­sure could have been used to fund a proper State res­cue pack­age, which would en­sure jobs, both di­rectly and in­di­rectly, in Bray, a town which suf­fers from mas­sive un­em­ploy­ment. He asks the present Gov­ern­ment to con­sider the pro­pos­als which are out­lined in the pol­icy doc­u­ment which was pre­pared for the Labour Party in Wick­low.

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