Breen welcomes Government decision not to breech Clare Boundary

June 28th, 2011 - Pat Breen

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has warmly welcomed today’s decision by the Government not to breech the Clare Boundary.

Deputy Breen’s comments follow the announcement by the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Minister Phil Hogan T.D. that he has rejected the proposal to transfer an area of approximately 5 sq. kilometres from Clare to Limerick.

“I am delighted with today’s Government’s decision which was announced this afternoon by the Environment Minister Phil Hogan T.D. He has categorically ruled out any encroachment into County Clare and he has ended years of uncertainty and speculation for residents living in this area of South East Clare. Indeed, I have already received numerous messages of delight from Clare people living at home and abroad.”

“I would like to pay tribute to the Clare against the Boundary Committee for their efforts which have culminated in today’s news. I have always argued that the people of County Clare have a deep sense of identifying and belonging to our county and that is no more evident than in the parishes of Meelick, Parteen, Ardnacrusha and Clonlara in South East Clare. I was delighted to lend my support to this campaign over the years and to vote with my feet when over 10,000 Clare people attended a protest rally on the border last October.”

“In my view, the development of our region will be best served by both Clare and Limerick Local Authorities working together in a spirit of cooperation. Talk of a boundary extension was a distraction from the real programme of work which needs to be done. We have an International Airport at Shannon and a ren0