'We're fed up over state of our road'

Dónal Nolan

Ireland's Tidiest Town is suffering badly as a key section of the national road network through Listowel deteriorates fast while urgent calls for its repair appear to fall on deaf ears. Roadworks got underway this week to resurface the four kilometres of the N69 between Finuge Cross and Mountcoal, at a cost of €1.6 million.

But many in Listowel say the section of the N69 between College Cross and the town boundary at Caherdown should also now be underway.

They've been calling for its repair for years, but the TII in its wisdom decided the rural section was a priority over the urban. "The section to Caherdown should have been announced for funding at the same time, and should be underway now as well," Fianna Fáil Councillor Jimmy Moloney said.  

"It's in a brutal state and it has to be prioritised by the TII now."

The urgent calls come on the same day as Nationwide visited Listowel to film the Tidiest Town for a forthcoming broadcast. "This is one of the main arteries into Ireland's Tidiest Town, servicing town traffic, local residents, schools, sportsfields and petrol stations. We're just sick and tired of having to fight for years for every last bit of road repairs needed," Cllr Moloney said.

The Council, meanwhile, has advised motorists to expect delays over the eight-weeks of repairs at Mountcoal.