Episode 4: Cllr Enda Stenson & Cllr Sean McGowan
Two former chairmen of Leitrim County Council, Cllr Sean McGowan and Cllr Enda Stenson, joined Breifne to talk about the main issues of the day. Taking a look through this week’s local papers and some of the motions discussed during Monday’s regular County Council meeting.
Gerry Reynold’s departure from politics was the first item on the agenda before attention turned to the recent new arrivals in Carrick on Shannon and a discussion about the lack of communication surrounding the establishment of the residential centre in Hartley, on the outskirts of the county town.
Minister Micheal Ring’s trip to Leitrim last Friday to launch the new extension of the Shannon Blueway to the Lough Allen Hotel, Jinny’s Tearooms at Acres and announcing the start of SMART Green Mohill, a rural revival and renewal scheme which will boost the fortunes of the town.
The impact of the new EU Mercosur trade deal on County Leitrim and the devastating effect it poses for the small farmers relying on the sale of beef for their livelihood. Both men talk about their hopes that a land reclamation grant scheme would allow some hope for local farmers.
The conversation ended with a tongue in cheek discussion around whether Leitrim could now be considered a hurling stronghold after the county Under 17 team secured the Tom Hogan Cup, the third major hurling title this year for Leitrim teams.