Councillor hits out at colleagues’ stance on naming bridge in Enniscrone

A Sligo Sinn Fein councillor says he is disappointed that a majority of his council colleagues have now voted twice against naming a bridge in Enniscrone after an IRA volunteer who died 100 years ago.

Thomas Howley was aged 18 when he was shot in Ballina on May 26th 1921, before passing away as a result of his injuries two days later.

The bridge at Lower Main Street in Enniscrone over the Bellawaddy River is near Howley’s childhood home.

At the most recent meeting of the council, Cllr Thomas Healy and Independent Socialist Councillor Declan Bree proposed that a plebiscite be held so that local people in Enniscrone could have their say on the proposed naming of the bridge.

However, nine councillors voted against holding a plebiscite, five votes in favour and one abstained.

A similar proposal was defeated at the council last May.

Cllr Healy said the plebiscite could be held in tandem with another plebiscite on whether the official name of the seaside town should be changed from Inniscrone, beginning with an ‘I to Enniscrone, beginning with an ‘E’.

Cllr Healy says he is disappointed over what has happened in relation to the naming of the bridge.