THE Laois/Carlow border war flared up again at the January meeting of Laois County Council, when one councillor threatened to take down a sign that welcomes people to Carlow.
Not for the first time has cllr Ben Brennan, whose postal address in is Kilkenny, railed against the encroachment of Carlow into Graiguecullen.
He said: “There’s a big sign up in Laois welcoming people to Carlow. I’m calling for that sign to be taken down and placed back over the border … over the bridge. As far as I’m concerned, Graiguecullen is not in Carlow.
“And another thing, the Talbot Hotel is in Laois and the sign (welcome to Carlow) is out outside it. I want it taken down. If you (Laois County Council) can’t take it down, I’ll take it down myself. They’re also saying that the Dunnes Stores there is also in Carlow. It’s not. It’s in Laois.”
Agreeing, cllr Pádraig Fleming said: “Any signs welcoming people to Carlow should be on the border and not in Laois.”
“And another thing”, said cllr Brennan, “I’m told that that sign doesn’t have planning permission to be up there.”