Easier to ‘avoid landmines in Cambodia than potholes in Tipperary’

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Councillors have called for emergency funding to be sought to repair potholed riddled rural roads in the Drangan, Killenaule and Fethard areas.

Councillors have called for emergency funding to be sought to repair potholed riddled rural roads in the Drangan, Killenaule and Fethard areas.

The calls were made at Carrick Municipal District Council’s latest monthly meeting where the Council Chairman said it was “easier to avoid landmines in Cambodia” than the potholes on one road he came across.

Cllrs Imelda Goldsboro (FF) and Cllr David Dunne (SF) requested Council management to apply for emergency funding for road repairs after District Engineer Nicola Keating reported the funding the local authority received in the last number of years for repairs wasn’t enough to keep ahead of the rate of deterioration of the roads.

“The roads are deteriorating faster than we can restore them,” she told councillors.

District Council Chairman Cll Eddie O’Meara was the first to raise the issue. He described a road between Killenaule and Drangan he drove on the day before the Council meeting as the “absolute pits”.

“It’s easier to avoid landmines in Cambodia than the potholes on this road,” he declared.

He also higlighted the bad condition of the back road between Drangan and Fethard. It was so bad that someone decided to put a bollard over one pothole to prevent motorists driving over it.

Cllr Goldsboro said a lot of roads in the Drangan area had been patched up a number of times but were now beyond that remedial work.

She highlighted how residents had stopped driving down the Magoury Lane Road in the Drangan area because it was just too risky. Motorists had to turn back when they ventured down it.

Ms Keating promised to speak to officials in the Council’s Roads Department about the proposal to apply for emergency funding. She agreed the condition of a lot of roads in rural areas had become bad due to frost.

She said the Council was trying to deal with complaints about roads as it received them.

However, she pointed out that unless they were on the Council’s priority list they will only be patched up.

She expressed the hope the District would receive a decent amount of funding this year to carry out road repairs.

After the District Council meeting, Tipperary Co. Council learned its regional and rural roads funding is being cut by €1.5m this year. Co. Councilors are seeking a meeting with Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe to secure more funds for roads.