27 Jun 2022

N56 issues raised once again at Glenties Municipal District meeting

Councillors concerned that families are moving away due to lack of planning

N56 issues raised once again at Glentie Municipal District meeting


Councillors voiced their concerns in relation to the inability to obtain planning permission along the N56 at Glenties Municipal District meeting, once again, today.

The issue has been a bone of contention with councillors in the area for some time. Councillors say they fear families will move away and schools will close if planning permission isn't obtained by those who wish to build in their localities. 

Cllr Michael Mc Clafferty said the N56 is an important road but that it is 'a disgrace' that people are not being able to build there. 

"The ironic thing is if you live along a secondary route that leads onto the N56 there is a good chance that you will get planning because you are not coming on the road immediately from your site.

"The population will fall, families will be forced overseas and schools will close," he said. 

Sinn Féin Councillor Marie Therese Gallagher said that Donegal has suffered immensely in terms of depopulation and communication should be made with Donegal TDs to organise a meeting with officials to discuss the issue. 

Cllr Mc Clafferty said he wants officials from the TII to come to Donegal to see how people are being affected. The Falcarragh-based councillor said lack of homes and lack of rental properties will have a knock-on affect on all types of services including eductional, medical and so forth.


The Cathaoirleach of Glenties Municipal District, Fianna Fáil Councillor Anthony Molloy said there was a dire need for families to get planning  on lands on the N56. 

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