College Road events were 'unacceptable'

Tadhg Evans

Castleisland-Corca Dhuibhne Municipal District Manager John Breen admitted that certain events during recent resurfacing works at College Road, Castlesisland, were "unacceptable", after the project's contractor failed to have promised safety measures in place by the time they had specified.

Cllr Jackie Healy-Rae raised the issue at a Municipal District meeting last week. He said that he had been informed in the days leading up to the works that safety measures were to be put in place by Tuesday, October 29.

"Not alone were they not there on Tuesday, it was very late Wednesday, if not Thursday morning, before what was eventually there was put there. But they still didn't meet what was promised," he said. "That can't be the way we conduct ourselves…it looks stupid on everyone.

"I'd like to know what transpired after with the contractor."

Mr Breen explained that he wrote to Councillors on October 30. He said that what had been conveyed to Councillors was what had been conveyed to the council by the contractor.

"When it wasn't put in place, we immediately acted to rectify it," Mr Breen said, explaining that Council officials met with the contractor to address the situation. "I accept fully that when something goes wrong, I'm straight out to you to say it shouldn't have happened...We outlined to you what had been conveyed to us.

"We're still in discussions with the contractor to get that resolved as we have to make sure that what's conveyed to us and to you is correct."

Cllr Healy-Rae praised the Council for reacting quickly to the situation.

"If this contractor comes back to do work in the MD, it must be insisted that it is carried out to the instructions that are given," said Independent Cllr Charlie Farrelly.

"This is the second time we've been hung out to dry by this contractor," he claimed. "It looks bad on everyone.

"Furthermore, that same contractor failed, as agreed, to give out parking permits. There were at least 11 residents in College Road who did not get parking permits for the town during the week," Cllr Farrelly claimed.

"Serious words have to be had with that contractor."

"Certain events were unacceptable," Mr Breen said.