Damage to vehicles is occurring due to “dangerous stones” on the roadside verge of the L3148 which is a kilometre from the village of Quin.
An appeal for works to be carried on the road was issued by Cllr Alan O’Callaghan (FF) who highlighted the instances where motorists were put in danger due to the stones.
Senior executive engineer in the Killaloe Municipal District, Niamh Madden explained, “The stones at this location are part of a retaining stone boundary wall. The Killaloe Municipal District will investigate the most appropriate course of action to deal with this matter”.
O’Callaghan flagged that the road is just passed the entrance to Ballykilty Manor, a 1760 built house that was formerly a small hotel business which was was acquired with big €25m plans to turn it into a five-star complex until the company involved, Atlantis Developments, sunk.
Yellow markings have been painted on the stones, he added. “It is very tight and needs addressing sooner rather than later. It does need some bit of plan”. Several Quin residents use this as a walking route. “It is a huge problem and is causing a lot of grief to people especially with loose tyres,” the publican stated.
When stones on the side of a road are being painted “there is really a danger,” Cllr Pat Hayes (FF) believed.
Speaking at a recent meeting of the Killaloe MD, senior engineer Declan Flanagan admitted that the problem was “a historic one” and was inherited as part of the boundary changes following the 2019 local elections.
With the existing stone boundary wall, there is a three foot drop “so there is a bit of work to be done,” he outlined. “We will have to order some road narrow signage to give motorists some advice. Long-term, we will have to engage with the landowner for a more permanent solution”.