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Failure to follow up on commitment to improve Miltown Malbay paths ‘worrying’

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Failure to carry out works in Miltown Malbay despite commitments being issued to retired councillors has been described as ‘a worrying situation’.

Repairs of footpaths on Church St in Miltown Malbay have not been included in the 2020 schedule of Municipal District works. The detail came to light at a recent meeting of the West Clare Municipal District following an appeal for an update on plans to upgrade the “substandard” footpaths by Cllr Shane Talty (FF).

Senior executive engineer, Enda MacNamara confirmed that the conditions of the footpaths would be reviewed with a cost estimate to be prepared. “If funding is sourced this year, works will be scheduled for 2020. Alternatively, the works will be put forward for inclusion in the 2021 programme of works,” he stated.

Recalling the Council term before his election, Cllr Talty outlined that was informed improvements such as the provision of hats were “promised” to retired councillors Christy Curtin and Michael Hillery. “We need to give it a sense of urgency,” he added.

Cllr Ian Lynch (IND) who was a member of the previous Council added his support to the motion. He detailed that Christy Curtin “was constantly looking for these works to be done. It is worrying that it hasn’t taken place”.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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