Newspaper for Crossmaglen, South Armagh, Newry and Down.

Councillor backs opposition to sale of former school

Crosssmaglen Sinn Fein councillor Terry Hearty is lending his support to a community campaign to stop the proposed sale of Anamar Primary School.

Since the school closed in 2017, the building has lain empty, however local residents had expressed a wish that the premises be put to use for the community, and had put forward a number of proposals.

Now the property, which is entrusted to the Parish of Upper Creggan, has been offered for public sale, a move which has incensed locals and prompted a campaign to stop the sale.

Speaking after attending a rally at the school last weekend, Councillor Hearty said: “There is genuine anger at the proposal to sell off the school rather than utilise it as an essential community hub.  Rural communities in particular are in grave danger of being decimated as homes, schools and essential services disappear.

 “We have a strong local community and I do believe working together we could develop this site into a key community facility, a hub that would ensure the health and social well being of those who live here and that of future generations,” he added.