Welcome for completion of sale of Carnew Bank of Ireland to Wicklow County Council

Cllr John Mullen signing the legal documents on behalf of Wicklow County Council.

Eoin Mac RaghnaillWicklow People

Wicklow councillor and Cathaoirleach of the Baltinglass Municipal District John Mullen has welcomed the news that the purchase of the Bank of Ireland Building in Carnew has been completed.

“From the day that Bank of Ireland announced the closures of their branches in Rathdrum, Tinahely and Carnew I called on Wicklow County Council to investigate the potential of purchasing at least one of these buildings for community use,” Cllr Mullen said.

“As a member of the Community SPC on the Council I worked closely with fellow members, the Director of Services Michael Nicholson and our MD administrator Liam Cullen on surveying the bank buildings in Tinahely and Carnew. It became clear that the most suitable property to purchase for community and social enterprise purposes was the Carnew branch on the Main Street.”

“A few weeks ago I had the honour of signing the legal documents on behalf of Wicklow County Council completing the sale of the building for the benefit of all the people in Carnew. This weekend it was confirmed that this legal process is now complete and that the Building is now in the ownership of the Wicklow County Council.”

“We will now commence a consultation process with all the community and voluntary organisations in Carnew to ensure that we get the maximum value of this exciting new public building in the village.

"I am certain that every age group from young to old can enjoy this new chapter for Carnew and I will continue working closely with the people and the Council to ensure that this building is open again for the community in Carnew as soon as possible.”

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