Locals have claimed the discovery is holding up work on revamping Buttevant’s main street and footpaths which have been in a deplorable state for years.
While they welcome the upgrade, they are warning the town is dying a slow death because businesses have been severely hit.
At one stage it was thought that the remains, which were found in a 5m x 5m test trench, were part of the town’s ancient walls, which were built in the early 1300s by the Normans.
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However, according to National Roads Authority (NRA) spokesman Seán O’Neill, the remains have been identified as those of a 17th-century house.
He said archaeologists were to carry out more exploratory work on the site and work was continuing to go on around it.
But Eileen Edwards, who owns Lyla’s Kitchen, a coffee shop in the town centre, maintained that very little work had gone on since the recent discovery.
She said she appreciated the upgrade works needed to be done and was one of hundreds who marched in Buttevant last year to highlight the need for them.
“I was told this heritage [discovery]was holding up the work. There’s very limited access to my premises and others in the town.
“Buttevant is dying a death and communications [from those doing the upgrade] seem to have gone out the window.”
She said her business had been so badly affected she had to let two of her eight staff go. Another two had been put on a three-day week. She said other businesses in the town had also been forced to reduce staff because trade was down.
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