Monday 29 December 2014

Potholes may drive jobs away warns meat firm

Louise Walsh

Published 26/07/2014 | 02:30

Frank Towmey MD TMC Meats Dromone Co Meath with one of the potholes. Picture: Seamus Farrelly
Frank Towmey MD TMC Meats Dromone Co Meath with one of the potholes. Picture: Seamus Farrelly

GIANT potholes have left jobs in jeopardy after hauliers refused to travel to a meat company over safety fears.

The Traditional Meats Company in Dromone, Oldcastle, Co Meath, said it was now in danger of losing contracts over the potholes which recently activated an airbag suspension in a lorry driving over the dangerous crevices.

Plant director Frank Twomey says he may be forced to lay off some of the 45-strong staff unless trucks can access the factory to load products for export markets.

"We are looking to ship our product 2,000km to France and Europe and it is the 200m approach to the factory that is an issue," he said.

"There is a huge problem in north Meath with potholes and it's now affecting our business.

"The haulage company is refusing to come back up the road to the factory and you can't blame them as it cost them €500 to replace the airbag suspension."

At present, more than 50 trucks visit the beef processing plant each week to deliver and collect produce.

The company, he added, had applied to Meath County Council over 18 months ago to take part in a community involvement scheme and contribute 10pc of the costs of roadworks.

However the council says that after costing the works earlier this week, there was not enough money left in the scheme to fund the €40,000 needed for full repairs.

Meath County Council said €40,000 of work needed to be carried out on the road.

"Unfortunately, there is not enough funding left in the community involvement scheme grant to extend the existing adjacent scheme," it said.

"In the meantime, pothole repairs will done in the next three to four weeks."

Irish Independent

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