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Drivers ‘putting their lives at risk’ trying to leave Corrovorrin

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Lives are being put at risk by motorists attempting to exit Corrovorrin while business owners in Turnpike will need to sit down with members of the Ennis Municipal District, a recent meeting has heard.

Standing orders were suspended at the final Ennis Municipal District meeting of 2018 as councillors requested an update on plans for Corrovorrin. Senior Executive Officer, Leonore O’Neill outlined that the matter has been referred to the road design office. “It will be the beginning of the new year when we have proposals”.

Cllr Pat Daly highlighted, “It is a nightmare to exit Corrovorrin, it is a serious health and safety issue. People are putting their lives at risk to get out of there”, he claimed. Cllr Mary Howard stated, “It is really prevalent when there is funeral in the area. There is plenty of space for a fried egg roundabout and I would like to see a resolution in the future”.

Independent councillor, James Breen reiterated their views, “I have used the exit several times and it is an accident waiting to happen”. He brought up the issue of parking in Turnpike and declared, “I have a photo on my phone from 09:05 of a car parked on a bend”. Howard then added, “Can I propose we meet with businesses and homeowners so that we can sit down, have a chat about what’s going on”.

“I want to make it categorically clear I don’t want to interfere with anyone’s business in the Turnpike, I want the place to be safe and for business to be thriving”, Cllr Breen replied. According to Daly, “there is a particular house where there’s cars almost coming in their front door”.

Council Engineer, Barry Conway was in agreement with Cllr Howard’s proposal to meet businesses in Turnpike. “The Municipal District did make an attempt to put in temporary measures and in response to that we’re looking at ways to improve. As Cllr Howard alluded to we will have to meet with businesses.

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