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Greene calls on Transport NI to stop removing rural placenames from signposts

Published: 9 May, 2017

Sinn Féin Erne East Councillor Sheamus Greene has called on Transport NI to stop removing rural signposts that relate to townland and crossroad names.

Councillor Greene said:

"There appears to be a culture within some government departments to attack all things rural.

"Signposts for crossroads and some townlands have been in place for 40 to 50 years. It defies belief that Transport NI would now decide that this is the time to remove them.

"If this policy is allowed to continue names like Moane's Cross, Coonian Cross, Dernawilt Cross, Ballagh Cross, Gardiners Cross, Tullyreagh Cross and Imeroo Cross, along with townland signs like Munmurry and Snowhill, to name but a few, will be relegated to history as far as signpost place names are concerned.

"I have raised this concern through Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and have received agreement from Transport NI that they will not remove these signs until they have attended a meeting with the Council.

"It is my hope that when they come before Council they can be persuaded not to remove these place names and replace the sign which they have already removed.

"I would hope that common sense will prevail and these famous old place names will survive this senseless decision by Transport NI." - Ends/Críoch