‘Clones will disappear if deprivation rate doesn’t improve’

‘If the deprivation rate in Clones doesn’t improve, the town is going to disappear.’

That was the call of local Sinn Fein councillor Pat Treanor speaking about recent figures which show that Clones and Ballybay have some of the highest levels of deprivation in the county. At a meeting of Oireachtas members and MEPs in Clones, a presentation showed that almost 50 per cent of Fermanagh Street in the centre of Clones town, is vacant.

According to figures provided at the meeting, the national average is 0.2 while the deprivation rate is -11 in Clones and -13 in Ballybay. Councillor Treanor says that the Ulster Canal project which has been in the pipeline for 10 years but still hasn’t come about, would give the town a much needed boost.