'Keep Irish Street one-way'
Published 28/02/2012 | 09:45
LEAVE the one-way system at the top of Irish Street as it is. That was the message from town manager Tony Larkin to elected members of Enniscorthy Town Council last week.
The issue arose after cathaoirleach Jackser Owens wondered whether funeral corteges leaving St Aidan's Cathedral should take the high road or the low road – via Irish Street – to St Mary's cemetery. Cllr James Browne said he was in favour of reversing the current flow of traffic along the top of Irish Street.
He pointed out that, where once vehicles had a choice of four entry roads into Market Square, now there are just two. The Fianna Fáil representative was supported by Fine Gael's Paddy Kavanagh who suggested that a change might help to keep business in the town.
However, Cllr Johnny Mythen felt that the one-way system, which requires motorists to drive down the street, is working better and that there would be no gain from turning the flow around. And Cllr Tom Moorehouse felt that allowing cars drive up Irish Street to the square would be disastrous and lead to traffic tailbacks.
'I think it works better the way it is,' concluded Tony Larkin. 'You cannot flip-flop all the time.'
Meanwhile, Padraig O'gorman confirmed that three weeks' work will be required to lay new footpaths along Irish Street, from Market Square to the Dunnes Stores-old Barracks corner. He warned that motorists will be banned from the affected section during the refurbishment but that access will be maintained for pedestrians.
The contractors are committed to having the street reopened by March 16, in time for the St Patrick's weekend.
A hole had been left in the town centre, the Sinn Féin man felt, and he warned that some of the businesses in the neighbourhood are on the point of closure. He felt that restoring the ground floor of the hotel, which now serves as a car park, would make a positive difference. ing. He added a call for the litter bin near the top of the step on Shannon Hill to be removed as it has been attracting very ugly batches of household waste. witnessed members of the council staff open a bin to find it stuffed with a bag load of domestic rubbish. The result was that little or no room was left for those using the bin for legitimate purposes.