Sunday 16 December 2018

Assurances sought on road repairs funding

Padraig Byrne at Enniscorthy Municipal District meeting

While roads across the country have been left in poor condition following the heavy snowfall that came with Storm Emma, Wexford appears to be one of the worst affected. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visited Wexford during the storm and vowed that the county would receive all the financial assistance required to get back on its feet.

Now well over a month later, members of Enniscorthy Municipal District are calling for this promise to be followed through on urgently, as they say that roads across the district have been left in appalling and almost undriveable conditions.

Cllr Kathleen Codd Nolan raised the issue and asked Roads Engineer Joanne Kehoe whether the report had been sent into the department.

'The roads are horrendous out there,' she said. 'There's one place out near Caim...I don't know how people are expected to drive on it. There are huge potholes everywhere that are capable of damaging your car. I hope when Minister Shane Ross was down, he was brought around to see some of these back roads and the huge craters that are left in them.'

'He should be put into one himself,' quipped Cllr Paddy Kavanagh in agreeance.

'Every bit of rain is making these roads worse,' added Cllr Barbara Anne Murphy. 'They need to be fixed and fixed fast.

Ms Kehoe replied that there is currently no indication as to how much funding Wexford County Council will get, but a list of works carried out, works required and costs of works is being prepared.

Enniscorthy Guardian