An Objection to the Second Phase of the Cathedral sees Progress Coming to a Standstill.

St Mel's Cathedral Destroyed by Fire


St Mel’s Cathedral Destroyed by Fire

The restoration of St Mel’s Cathedral is the biggest project of its kind in Europe. Longford was devastated following a fire which destroyed the Cathedral Christmas morning 2009. Ever since people have been waiting for the work to begin to restoring the building to its former glory because, let’s face it, in a town that never seen the Celtic tiger and was totally broken by the recession, we don’t have much else.

The Cathedral project is a symbol of hope for Longford, to see it moving forward is seeing the town move forward. Several spin off projects have also come about inspired by what its restoration means for Longford. So, to see that someone would object to and hold up the next phase of the renovation is laughable in an “I’m so pissed off I have no words” kind of way.

The person who is objecting to this phase also objected to the first phase and seems hell bent on putting up hurdles every step of the way. He might as well say “Fuck you Longford, stay in the dark ages”. Well you know what, some of us want to see this town succeed, despite all its bad press and naysayers this town has a fine spirit and a core to it that if let out would shine and it is a damn shame to see anyone hold it back.

Despite the fact that the first objection was overthrown by An Bord Pleanala in September this person has further held up the project. This phase included the internal layout of the building and installing a lift to access the upper floors…what is there to object about?

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  • Andy December 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Are you not allowed mention this persons name Rachael, even though its common knowledge?

  • James December 19, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I dont know the guys name but I heard he objects to just about everything in the town! Muppet!! And I would deffo not say that Longford never saw the Celtic Tiger…I know loads of people from town who were living the fine life! lol

  • Andy December 19, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Well, if anyone should wish to contact him directly to object about all his ongoing pathetic objections, just ‘Dial Madman’ you should get straight through with that anagram.

  • Rachel Masterson December 20, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Hey Andy, yep i’m sure it is common knowledge but I had seen that other publications didn’t report it so I wasnt sure of the legalities surrounding it. As someone else commented on FB earlier probably better off not mentioning his name he probably just gets a sick thrill out of it. Ha James I wish they would share some of that fine life with the rest of us 😛 I just meant though if you look around its such a sad town so many unfinished projects, just look at the shopping centre and all the ghost estates. It’s crazy. Rebuild the Cathedral and open the harbour of the Royal Canal that would be a serious step forward.

  • Noel McGeeney December 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    rebuild the Cathedral and open the canal, two worthwhile projects to give the town a bit of character. Change the laws so that people cannot object. People will do what they do, so have smart laws.

  • Rachel Masterson December 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    The Royal Canal is a definate must. I plan on working on something about that in the New Year.

  • Pol January 18, 2013 at 2:53 am

    Hi from overseas.
    St. Mel’s Cathedral means so much to me – my great, great grandparents were married there and all their descendants were baptized, confirmed, married and buried ffrom there.
    It is totalliy maddenening that that dork, Madden, has held-up the redevelopment.
    Publish this and let him sue me!!

  • Rachel Masterson January 18, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Hi there,
    Thanks for the comment. There are a lot of people who echo your sentiments. It is a pretty maddening situation!


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