Donegal County Council has been urged to take over a number of historical sites across the county.
The issue was raised at today’s meeting of the Lifford/Stranorlar Authority by Councillor Frank McBrearty.
He proposed that Donegal County Council take over the heritage sites of Beltany Stone Circle and the Castle in Raphoe, and that they begin the process immediately to take over control of these important historical sites, by engaging with all stake holders.
The Raphoe councillor said this will allow for funding to be sought out by DCC from National, European, local, and other funding streams.
He added “This will bring about a process that will allow these heritage sites to attract more visitors to east Donegal. Dialogue with the landowner of the Castle and the Department of Heritage or any other stake holders must begin asap. This also applies to the Beltany Stone Circle and the Department of Agriculture.”
Cllr McBrearty said more attention must be paid to East Donegal “We must get a piece of the cake in East Donegal. The different agencies are lacking when it comes to promoting these sites.
“These sites are owned by the people of Ireland and those sites like others sites in East Donegal, the sixteen towns and villages, deserve attention and we must get proper attention from Donegal County Council.
“Until they take over these sites we won’t be able to promote these sites.”