Tractors leaving mounds of muck on country roads becoming a 'big issue' in Louth

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Hubert Murphy

Tractors leaving mounds of muck on country roads are a hazard for other motorists, it has been claimed.

Addressing the area meeting of the Ardee Municipal Council, The Drogheda Independent reports that Cllr Pearse McGeough said that land owners were doing a lot of work at the moment and as a result roadways were becoming a big issue.

Council officials said that there is a protocol in place that when vehicles leave land and there is dirt on the road as a result, the farmers or contractors are liable. A power cleaner would be required to clean the vehicle.

In terms of subsequent issues, they said that they would have to prove that a vehicle came from a certain field.

They have tried to contact farmers to advise them of their responsibilities.

Cllr McGeough said it was a real health and safety issue and there had been accidents. Cllr Jim Tenanty also said he was aware of an incident on the Tallanstown road.

Cllr Colm Markey said it was something that the IFA should be involved in. 'When tractors come out, the mud is packed and hard to get off. The vast majority do their best.'

However, the council maintained that tractors should be washed coming out of a field.

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Cllr Dolores Minogue added that farmers should do their best to prevent issues with mud and that motorists should always be vigilant while Cllr Tom Cunningham said it seemed to be a bigger problem than past years with stones coming off tyres.

Cllr McGeough proposed writing to the IFA to clarify the situation.

Drogheda Independent

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