Chair of St Mel’s Cathedral restoration committee expresses sympathy over Notre Dame blaze

Longford businessman Seamus Butler who chaired the committee that restored St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford after the devastating fire of Christmas 2009, says the blaze at Notre Dame last night brought back memories for a lot of people in Longford town.

He says while the project in France is obviously on a much larger scale, they will be facing some of the same challenges as Longford did in trying to save as much of the history and tradition of the building as is possible.

Seamus Butler also said that this kind of terrible event can bring an opportunity for some changes that might be needed to keep the building safe for future generations: