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Cllr Jim Codd with residents of Rathangan at Robinstown Bridge.

Cllr Jim Codd with residents of Rathangan at Robinstown Bridge.

Cllr Jim Codd with residents of Rathangan at Robinstown Bridge.

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A railway bridge in Rathangan is only being held together with briars according to a member of the Rosslare Municipal District. Robinstown Bridge, which is owned by Irish Rail, was the subject of debate at the recent RMD meeting with councillors fearful it’s only a matter of time before someone drives over the edge and into the embankment.

"Someone drove into it at the weekend, the bridge is rotten, it was rotten three years ago when I first brought this up, it’s still rotten, somebody will hit it and will fall the 30 or 40 feet over the bridge, the locals are very concerned about this,” said Councillor Jim Cood. “Could we write to Irish Rail again to see if they any regard for what we ask of them here?”

After Roads Engineer Mark Collins confirmed Irish Rail were due to visit this month and that the bridge at Rathangan was “on the agenda”, Cathaoirleach Jim Moore said this was just one of many bridges in a state of disrepair across the district.

“Every bridge down there has been brought to the attention of Irish Rail, some of them were subjected to damage during a rally a few years ago, and, in some cases, the only thing holding up the roads are briars, that’s a long-standing issue. It will cost a lot of money but it needs to be done,” said Cllr Moore.

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Speaking after the meeting local resident Emma Jordan outlined the extent of the issue at the Robinstown Bridge.

“It’s really dangerous at the moment, all the sleepers there have rotted and there’s a huge, steep embankment at either side, if someone collided with those sleepers it could result in a serious accident,” Emma said. “We’ve made phone calls to Irish Rail but nothing has been done. The last fence there was erected many years ago but it hasn’t been maintained for a long time, there’s no barriers in place on either side now, the fence has totally gone.”

And although there have been no serious incidents at the bridge thus far, Emma fears it’s only a matter of time before someone is badly hurt because of the lack of protection either side. 

“Rathangan is a busy little village there’s a high volume of traffic in and out. There’s been some minor accidents over the years, but last week there was another incident and the last remaining sleeper was knocked out. It feels like it’s only a matter of time before there’s a serious casualty there or even a fatality. It’s a narrow bridge as well which adds to the difficulties there.”


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