Row over proposed statue in Listowel deepens

Divisions between the Mc Mahon family in Listowel and The Town Council appear to be deepening following a behind the scenes row over the provision of a statue of the late author in the town. A proposal to build a lifesize statue of the North Kerry author has been submitted to The Town Council and it`s scheduled to be unveiled in June as part of writer`s week. However the planning application was only submitted in mid March and should there be an objection it could delay the errection of the bronze structure.This latest proposal follows an abandoned attempt to name the square after the late author Bryan mc Mahon. The North Kerry Literary Trust now wants to erect a lifesize bronze statue of the author. Members of the Town Council were only made aware of these plans when a planning application was submitted. Some are angry that the application was vague and did not mention who the statue would depict. They feel they are being excluded from the plans unfairly.The timing of the application has also angered some. Plans for the unveiling have already been submitted into the official programme for Writer`s Week, even though the statue does not have planning yet. Should there be an objection to An Board Pleanala the North Kerry Literary Trust could find them in an awkward situation.

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