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“ALL KINDS OF EXCUSES” have been dished out as reasons for not installing lights under the dual carriageway in Cratloe.

Frustration has been experienced by groups including Cratloe Community Council in their efforts to get lighting installed on the underpass.

In a recent proposal before the Shannon Municipal District, Cllr Pat O’Gorman (FF) asked Clare County Council to liaise with Transport Infrastructure Ireland to add lights at Ballymorris, Cratloe under the dual carriageway.

TII have been informed of the request and have been asked to consider it, senior executive engineer in the Council’s roads and transportation section, Anne O’Sullivan outlined.

“One person involved in Cratloe Community Council has been dealing with this issue for a good number of months and they are being pushed from post to pillar,” Cllr O’Gorman stated. He said conflicting correspondence has been issued blurring the lines on whether it is a matter for the Shannon MD or TII to take responsibility of.

At the crux of the problem is a failure of any group to take responsibility, Cllr PJ Ryan (IND) maintained. “As long as I’ve been on the Council, it has been coming up. Everyone has been running away from whose problem it is and we’ve been given all kinds of excuses”. The Mayor of Clare said community representatives in Cratloe have met the same problem as elected officials over the course of fifteen to sixteen years, “somebody needs to make a decision one way or the other”.

Senior executive engineer with the Shannon MD, Tom Mellett clarified that responsibility for the national private roads network lies with TII. “We have brought it to their attention and Anne O’Sullivan is in contact with TII”. Cllr Ryan responded, “Can you point out that they have made promises but never carried out anything”.

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