Farmer forced to drive cattle down ‘valley of death’ road to get underpass
The serious difficulties that exist on the N24 between Mooncoin and Carrick-on-Suir dubbed the ‘valley of death' by a local priest were highlighted in the Dail this week.
When questioning the Minister for Transport this week, Fianna Fail TD, John McGuinness said it was only when a local farmer, Donal Norris, drove his cattle down this road that the NRA was forced to provide a safe underpass.
“He should not have had to encounter such difficulties as he sought to achieve his rights.
“It was absolutely shocking that he was treated in such a way by a State agency,” he said.
At a meeting in Piltown community centre on Monday night which was attended by 500 local people from the surrounding areas local priest, Fr. Moore referred to the roadway in question as the "valley of death".
Deputy McGuinness said there were ten white crosses behind the backs of those who addressed the packed audience at the meeting from the main table.
He said when this road was being designed and constructed between 1995 and 2002, when it opened, there were constant difficulties with the National Roads Authority, NRA, as it was at the time, and the engineer on the project.
“Those who raised matters with regard to the road, including the local radio station, were often challenged legally so that they would stop doing so.