Council votes to dispose of Royal Tara lands

City councillors voted this week to sell the Royal Tara China site in Mervue.

A majority of councillors voted to dispose of the land at a Galway City Council meeting on Monday. The motion to sell the land was passed without debate.

Several councillors had voiced their opposition to the sale at previous meetings, with a decision on the sale of the land deferred on a number of occasions.

The land had previously been valued at just over €500,000.

Cllr Mairead Farrell requested a debate on the issue at Monday’s meeting, though this was not supported by the majority of councillors. A total of 10 councillors voted to approve the sale of the lands, with all three Sinn Féin councillors opposing. Three councillors — Mayor Frank Fahy, Cllr Catherine Connolly, and Cllr Pearce Flannery — abstained.

Despite the agreement to proceed without debate, Mayor of Galway Frank Fahy voiced his opposition before the vote.

“I just want to put it on record that I oppose the sale,” he said.

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