Local election candidate claims Shannon Banks has been ‘forgotten about’

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Betty Walsh is a Social Democrats candidate for Clare County Council

Betty Walsh is a Social Democrats candidate for Clare County Council

SOCIAL Democrats candidate Betty Walsh has called on Clare County Council to invest “significant resources” in Shannon Banks and Westbury.

Ms Walsh, who is the mother of Limerick City North Social Democrats candidate Kieran Walsh, said the proximity of her community to Limerick “means it has been forgotten about” by Clare County Council.

“We are seen as Limerick’s problem, not Clare’s. This is clear from decisions that have been taken in recent times, such as the closure of the South East Clare Area Office in the Westbury Centre in 2016. Shannon Banks is over fifty years old and is crying out for investment to repair roads, footpaths and signs.

“This area is home to thousands of hard-working people, and it is unacceptable that our needs are being ignored by those responsible for its upkeep.”

Ms Walsh, who has been a resident in the area for over 40 years, is calling for the area office to be reopened as a community centre, which she said could be used for community policing.