Council sells Gleneely house for under €29,000

PAGE 5 DonegalcocologoDONEGAL County Council made almost €29,000 following the approval for the sale of a 40-year-old former SI house in Gleneely last week.

At the monthly council meeting in Lifford the sale of a property at Moneydarragh, Gleneely was proposed by Carn councillor Albert Doherty and seconded by Glengad councillor Martin McDermott, following a final offer of €28,750 in the latter stage of last year.

Liam Ward, director of housing and corporate services outlined that the ‘small specific instance dwelling’ was built approximately 40 years ago and is situated in ‘remote location’.

He said that if the Council were to re-let the property then it would require ‘substantial renovation works’. In addition, he added that because of the current housing needs in this area and the location of this particular property, it is highly unlikely that they would have been able to allocate the house to a future tenant.

Given these reasons, Mr. Ward said the decision to put the house on the open market in August 2013 before a final offer of €28,750 was received from Bernard and Breege Folan.

Meanwhile, at the same meeting in Lifford last Monday, a half an acre site at Umricam, Tullyarvan, Buncrana was also transferred to the legal representatives of the site’s owner.

John McLaughlin, director of service for the Council, outlined how the late Bernard Doyle had transferred two sites, plot A and plot B, to the Council for the purpose of erecting a SI house. Following the building of the cottage, the house was redeemed in full and plot A was transferred back to Mr. Doyle. However, after his death the Council received a request from CS Kelly & Co. Solicitors to transfer plot B back to Ena and Patrick Joseph Doyle, the legal personal reps of the late Mr. Doyle.

Councillor John Ryan proposed the transfer of land, while Councillor Nicholas Crossasn seconded the proposal.