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Sunday 21 October 2018

More resources are needed for gritting

Even the snow plough needed a helping hand on the N2 at Koockacleva, Collon on Friday. Picture: Declan Monaghan
Even the snow plough needed a helping hand on the N2 at Koockacleva, Collon on Friday. Picture: Declan Monaghan

Hubert Murphy

The lack of gritting on certain routes has also been highlighted as a result of the snows.

Residents in Ballymakenny, Cockle road, Clogherhead and Termonfeckin said that gritters needed to be deployed in those areas as well as the stretches closer to the main towns.

'Are we not part of the electorate? Drogheda is 7 miles from me with 6 miles of road not on the gritting routes.

'Surely if the planners agree for developers to build large housing estates in what were once small villages then Louth County Council should be obligated to support those trying to get to work. Seems they agree to these developments with no thought about the transport infrastructure,' angry locals told the Drogheda Independent.

Calls have also been made for the likes of Tullyallen to be gritted in poor weather.

Both Louth and Meath County Councils had gritters out late at night and in the early mornings, but say that they have to work within the resources they have.

Cllr Paddy Meade also called for the Donore-Bru na Boinne stretch to be added as the route was to a world renowned centre.

Ardee station

Contingency plans were put in place around the entire county to meet the challenges the storm threw up.

Ardee Fire Station was manned full-time for a period to reduce the risk to firefighters having to respond to the fire station in the event of a call before mobilising to an incident.

Meridian help

Ardee firm Meridian Security were working in the immediate Ardee area . They prioritised calling to elderly people at no cost.

Meade Agri

One private contractor that came to the help of people in the Lobinstown district was Kevin Meade Agri who had snow ploughs and were previously employed by Dublin Airport and currently sub contracted by the NRA on the M3.

Drogheda Independent

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