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An application to get improved public lighting in Ruan has been unsuccessful, Clare County Council have confirmed while attempts to install a pedestrian crossing are ongoing.

Attempts to bring a pedestrian crossing to the village of Ruan are ongoing with a preliminary design completed, consultation with local residents and Clare County Council is to take place before this can proceed further while a funding source needs to be identified, senior engineer Enda MacNamara outlined.

Clare TD, Michael McNamara (IND) previously highlighted the need for traffic calming measures in the village while Cllr Joe Killeen (FF) also brought the matter before a recent sitting of the West Clare Municipal District which was seconded by Cllr Joe Garrihy (FG).

Killeen stated, “In the past year or two, Ruan has got a new shop, it has upgraded the car parking space by the school, there are lots of people walking to the GAA pitch and the school and Dromore Woods”.

Both the school and GAA pitch are “500m from the village,” the Corofin representative added. “In more recent years we’ve had motorways and Google is suggesting to people to join the motorway in Barefield which has increased traffic”. A pedestrian crossing by the XL shop was deemed as the most appropriate location by the former primary school principal.

Public lighting is also needed, he added. MacNamara in response detailed that an application for public lighting in Ruan was made by the local authority, “it didn’t get across the line but that is not to say it won’t be successful next year”.

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