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Cllrs want final say on ‘Ballycroy’ in national park title

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Anton McNulty


MAYO County Council have passed a motion where they claim they should have the final say on any potential name change of the national park in Ballycroy.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) have indicated that they intend to drop Ballycroy from the title of the national park and rename it the Wild Nephin National Park.
At yesterday’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council, Achill-based councillor Paul McNamara proposed a motion that the local authority should have the final say in what the national park is officially named.
“To leave out the name Ballycroy is a total insult to the people of the area.
The building [national park visitor centre] is in Ballycroy and the people have welcomed it with open arms for the past 15 years. We proposed at our municipal meeting that if the name is to be changed it should be changed to Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park and we also proposed that if the name is to be changed it will come before this council to be approved,” said Cllr McNamara.
He noted that when the name Ballycroy National Park was first proposed by Cllr Gerry Coyle and former council Frank Leneghan, it came before the council for approval and the same should happen with any name change.
“The then Minister Sile DeValera gave the authority by the then 31 councillors to name it and they names it the Ballycroy National Park. I am proposing here that if the name is to be changed it is to be done through the authority of this chamber.”
The motion was supported and seconded by Cllr Gerry Coyle as well as some of the other councillors in the Belmullet/Westport Municipal District. Cllr Seán Carey said that since the renaming of the park was first mentioned, he has been inundated with calls from people disappointed that Ballycroy will be omitted
Cllr Brendan Mulroy added that it was not acceptable that Minister Darragh O’Brien, who is responsible for the NPWS, will not meet with them to discuss the matter.
He welcomed the backing of the other councillors in the chamber and said the dropping of the name Ballycroy will not be happening.

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