Legal advice on Enniscrone name change expected soon

The government minister responsible for placenames expects to soon have the legal advice in relation changing the official name of the west Sligo coastal town of Enniscrone.

Local people have been campaigning for some time to have the name changed from that beginning with an ‘I’ to the more commonly used version beginning with an ‘E.’

Among the reasons for seeking the name change is the importance of the first letter in a placename when it comes to social media, marketing and promotion.

However, there are legal issues involved that have to be relation to changing a name and the holding a local plebiscite for that purpose.

Last November and December, officials from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media met their legal advisors about how to proceed in relation to the Enniscrone name change.

Junior Minister and Sligo/Leitrim TD Frank Feighan now says he has been informed by the Minister, Catherine Martin that she expects to have legal advice very soon.