Labasheeda residents have issued a six point letter to Clare County Council seeking improvements “as a matter of urgency” to the Mountshannon Estate.

Tarmacadam, drainpipes, footpaths, grass cutting and public lighting were among the items included in the correspondence from householders in the Moutshannon Estate. Cllr Gabriel Keating (FG) also raised the matter on their behalf at a meeting of the West Clare Municipal District and noted that the majority of residents were retired.

Senior engineer Alan Kennelly acknowledged that the tarmacadam on the estate dates back to the time of its development and construction. The issues of drainpipes and gullies are related, he said, “Long-term settlement has changed drainage paths away from installed gullies. The most effective solution is to excavate the existing and re-lay new tarmacadam in the estate, whilst moving or lowering gullies as necessary. However, Clare County Council does not have the funding to carry out these works at present”.

Footpath improvement works will be completed in Labasheeda this year, at this stage Mountshannon Estate will be viewed. Grass cutting is not carried out by the local authority in West Clare, Kennelly stated. The public lighting issues have been rectified, he confirmed.

Keating encouraged Kennelly to take inspiration from his fellow Kerry native, John B. Keane, “you’ll have to do your almighty best on this one,” he quipped.

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