Councillor hits out at public art move
By Declan Magee
A Finn Valley councillor has criticised council colleagues in the Donegal electoral area for moving a piece of public art erected in tribute to late councillor Charlie Bennett.
The Map Wall, erected in honour of Charlie Bennett, a former chairman of Donegal County Council,
has been moved from one location on the Barnesmore Gap which was in the Donegal electoral area to an another
location at the top of the Gap which is in the Stranorlar electoral area after it had been subjected to vandalism.
Finn Valley councillor, Patrick McGowan, told the Stranorlar electoral area committee that he is disappointed that
the new location of the monument has been left in "terrible" condition and has been littered.
"They could not maintain it on one side of the Gap and now they cannot maintain it on this side of the Gap," he said. He also criticised the way the site has been left.
"It is far from finished and the ground around it has not been sown out."
But Donegal County Council says the work on the monument in the new location has not been completed due to the bad
weather and there is further work to be done before it is finished.
Area manger for community and enterprise, Barney McLaughlin, said the monument had been vandalised.
"There are still louts out there who don't know what public art is and I can't account for them," he said.
Cllr. McGowan accused members of the of the Donegal electoral area of "passing the buck" in relation to
The monument and complained that funding form the Stranorlar electoral area has gone into moving it. He said councillors in the Donegal electoral area have "just thrown it over the gap to us".
"They have just washed their hands of it," he said. "It was part of the monument to Charlie Bennett and it was a disgrace to move it," he said.