The members of Monaghan County Council last week agreed to transfer the historic Market House building in Carrickmacross to the local Town Council, on the proposal of Sinn Féin’s Cllr. Matt Carthy.
The building will be transferred to Carrickmacross Town Council at a cost of €150,000. It is expected that substantial refurbishment works will need to be carried out by the town council particularly at the roof which is in a poor state of repair.
Speaking after the transfer was approved Cllr. Carthy said: “Since the final decision to move the council and library services into the new building on the Convent Lands was made I have been arguing that the Market Square property must be used for the benefit of the community of Carrickmacross and surrounding areas.
“The decision of Monaghan County Council to transfer ownership to the Town council allows this to happen. Carrickmacross Town Council will now initiative a public consultation process whereby any individual or organisation with views on the future of the building can submit them in writing. I am encouraging people in our town and hinterland to avail of this opportunity”.