Locals angered after cottage demolished

Local residents with John Snell at the cemetery this morning

By: William O’Toole

The community of Rathnew have been left devastated after a house in the local cemetery was demolished this morning.

The house which was over a hundred years old, was to be restored by the community in the coming months but at 7.40 a.m, contractors for the council knocked the building.

Local Councillor John Snell, has obtained permission from the burial board to restore the cottage to its original state and he got plans drawn up to that affect.

“What has went on here this morning is terrible, we had hoped to restore the building as a community, we were going to get local tradesmen who were unemployed to work on it under the Tuas scheme.” he said.

“They have left the cemetery in an awful state this morning, the timing of this was wrong, I believe it was a politically motivated attack. It wasn’t going to cost them anything to do the work, we were going to do it our selves.” he continued.

It is understood that WCC got a report done some time ago that stated the building was unsafe but assurances were given that the building wouldn’t be touched until after the next meeting.

some of the old headstones that were saved from the rubble

Some of the old headstones that were saved from the rubble

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