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High Court ruling on Shirley case "Good for Carrickmacross" - Carthy

31 May, 2005

Carrickmacross Sinn Féin Councillor Matt Carthy has said that this weeks High Court ruling on the right to purchase by tenants of the Shirley estate (JES Holdings) is good for all of South Monaghan. Cllr. Carthy urged the Shirley estate to end its long negative connection with Carrickmacross and allow all tenants to purchase their holdings immediately.

Cllr. Carthy said: "I want to commend Shirley Tenants Action Group for bringing this particular case forward. It is clear that the town of Carrickmacross is the big winner and I hope that the confidence I have heard expressed regarding the constitutional hearing on the 5th July is realised.

"I want to urge the Shirley estate to accept the High Court ruling. The Shirley estate has had a hugely negative impact on the town of Carrickmacross. This can be seen by the number of derelict buildings on the west side of the Main Street at present. There is an opportunity for the Shirley estate to end the negative connection with our town by allowing all tenants to purchase their holdings immediately. Unfortunately, I am not confident that they will do this and the residents, and the town, may have a number of battles to come.

"This weeks High Court ruling is a step in the right direction. I want to commend the business people who were willing to put their money where their mouth is, so to speak, and take this action. They have done our town a significant service.

"It is difficult to know at this stage that whether all short and long term lease holders will benefit from the outcome if and when the case is ultimately successful. For our part we in Sinn Féin will continue to press for the implementation of whatever legislative, or even constitutional, amendments are necessary." ENDS

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