Government legislation may be necessary before Enniscrone can hold plebiscite

It’s now unclear as to when the people of Enniscrone in West Sligo will be able to vote to change the name of their coastal village.

That’s because a legal issue has arisen in relation to the holding of a name-change plebiscite in the area.

There had been hopes a date for the plebiscite might have been set by Sligo County Council at its meeting yesterday but the issue has now been deferred to the October meeting.

Advice from the the attorney general and the council’s solicitor suggests the plebiscite cannot be held until new legislation is introduced by the government.

But when, or if, that might happen is unclear at present.

However, Fianna Fail Councillor Joe Queenan is hopeful the plebiscite can take place some time next year.