Sunday 21 December 2014

Anti-pothole campaigner ordered to stop painting roads

By Aishling Phelan

Published 27/03/2014 | 08:07

That's a holy terror!  Cavan Pothole Terror Martin Hannigan has been banned by Cavan District Court from painting on the roads, Martin seen here swimming in a pothole in Cootehill during his campaign which lasted nearly 25 years.  Photo: Lorraine Teevan
Cavan Pothole Terror Martin Hannigan has been banned by Cavan District Court from painting on the roads, Martin seen here swimming in a pothole in Cootehill during his campaign which lasted nearly 25 years. Photo: Lorraine Teevan
Cavan Pothole Terror Martin Hannigan has been banned by Cavan District Court from painting on the roads, Martin seen here measuring a a pothole in Cootehill during his campaign which lasted nearly 25 years. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

A CAVAN man who has conducted a 25-year campaign against the local authority over the county’s potholes will face prison if he continues to paint the roads.

Martin Hannigan has been ordered not to paint on the roads for the next two years or he will face three months in prison.

 

Since 1998, he has been marking the potholes with bright yellow paint to warn road users.

 

The father-of-six recently appeared in Cavan District Court to face two charges of criminal damage to Market St in Cootehill in June.

 

The judge asked him if he would enter a bond for two years, which included that he promise not to paint the roads for that period.

 

He was ordered to pay over €1,400 towards the cost of repairs for the road surface and was also fined €200.

 

If Mr Hannigan fails to honour the bond made with the court, he faces the prospect of three months in prison.

 

Yesterday, the father insisted he had done nothing wrong and said he would be “back in force” according to the Irish Examiner.

 

During a court sitting in 2009, he promised to stop damaging public roads and erecting signs without lawful authority.

 

He was given the benefit of the Probation Act for damaging a public road belonging to Cavan County Council.

 

In November 2012, he revealed he was considering running for election, promising to get every crater in his county fixed.

 

He quickly shot to fame because of his long-running campaign of highlighting potholes in his home county.

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