Call for action on lethal road


Published 05/12/2012 | 09:36

Cllr. Mikey Kennelly (right) with local residents: Jerry Brick, John Lonergan and Christy Murphy on the stretch of road at Clieveragh which is being washed away by water running off the land. Credit: Photo by John Reidy

RESIDENTS of a Listowel neighbourhood are pleading with Kerry County Council to repair a stretch of the main road in the area as they believe it is in such disrepair it could cause an accident.

However, no funding for permanent resurfacing of the road will be available until 2014, they were informed on Monday night.

Resident and Fine Gael town councillor Mikey Kennelly spoke of his anger and concern following the news this week that the stretch of road will not be properly fixed until over a year from now.

"It is a very dangerous part of the Clieveragh road. I live above it and very nearly had an accident while driving my wife and three children on Sunday evening when water splashed all over the windscreen," he said.

The area is particularly susceptible to flooding as water runs down onto it and collects in the area during heavy rain. This causes a hazard to motorists and has effectively blocked off the area to pedestrians as well.

Cllr Kennelly raised the issue at a meeting of Listowel Town Council on Monday night and received the full backing of his colleagues - all of whom are dealing with complaints from the people of town on the issue.

"It's brutal and apart from posing a hazard to motorists, it has also cut off the very popular ring walk from Clieveragh over to Dromin and back into town, that's how bad it is and I'm very angry that proper funding cannot be made available until 2014," Cllr Kennelly said.

The incessant wet weather of 2012 is behind the deterioration of the stretch of road, which was in an acceptable state at the time the last tranche of roads funding was allocated to the area.

Cllr Kennelly said he has not given up his campaign to get funding for the road. "An accident is the last thing we want to see here," he said.

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