IT Carlow yet to make approach over Slaney Manor
While Slaney Manor was said to be one of two sites being looked at by IT Carlow as a potential home for a new state of the art Wexford campus, the company overseeing the sale of the Barntown estate has stated that they've had no contact whatsoever from the college.
The 44 acre site just off the N11 which includes a 12 bedroom country house, banqueting hall, gardens and a 27 bedroom courtyard, is listed for sale by Dublin property agents Savills with a guide price of €1,950,000.
Following the collapse of the purchase of sites at Newtown Road and Ferrybank, Slaney Manor was touted as a potential solution by Mayor George Lawlor after he was informed by the owners it was to be offered for sale.
While IT Carlow's interest in the site appeared to have waned, in recent weeks it was understood that they were once again looking at Slaney Manor, along with a potential site near the Min Ryan Park in Killeens.
However, Savills maintain that there has been no approach at all from the IT and as far as they are concerned Slaney Manor is still on the open market and generating significant interest.
'We haven't been approached by IT Carlow at all,' said Cianán Duff of Savills.
'We've had no indication that they are interested at all. Slaney Manor is for sale, however, and is generating some significant interest. It's a big piece of land and it is well suited to a number of uses, so we anticipate a lot more interest.'
At the December meeting of Wexford County Council, Chief Executive Tom Enright hinted that perhaps one site that IT Carlow were looking at was looking more likely than the other.
Given the lack of contact over Slaney Manor, one would assume that a deal for the Killeens site is the more likely of the two at the moment.
When this newspaper broke news that the Killeens site is believed to be under consideration, it gave way to a whole host of concerns over traffic in the area, particularly given that it's already home to the Loreto Secondary School and is a busy artery into town.
Responding to these concerns, the Mayor of Wexford George Lawlor replied:
'If everything we do is to be governed by cars and traffic and the fear of what might happen then we will simply achieve nothing. Heavy traffic means we are a busy town.'
'If we don't have traffic we'll have tumble-weed. It is imperative that we get this 3rd level facility to Wexford if we are to progress to the potential that this great town and county clearly has.'
'We will encounter all sorts of difficulties and headaches along the way but if we don't have the ambition to progress and deal with them then we are going nowhere.'