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‘If you pull in you mightn’t be able to pull out’ – Cooney critical of Broadford passing bays

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*Fermoyle Mor, Broadford. 

An East Clare road “in poor condition” will not be considered for resurfacing or the introducing of additional passing bays in the next two years.

Fermoyle is a wooded forestry area in Broadford, the road connecting the townland to the village, the L700 was described as being “in very poor condition” by Cllr Joe Cooney at the Killaloe Municipal District’s November meeting.

Cooney also said it was “very narrow which makes it difficult for road users to pass through. I propose that passing bays are constructed at different locations on the road allowing cars to pull in also that complete re-surfacing of the road is carried out”. Cllr Alan O’Callaghan (FF) seconded the motion.

“This road is currently not on the 2019-2021 roadwork’s programme and so it is not proposed to carry out resurfacing. A number of passing bays currently exist along this road, there are currently no plans to create additional passing locations. Any essential repairs will be carried out, subject to budgetary constraints,” senior executive engineer, Tom Mellet outlined in response.

Such a reply did not please Cllr Cooney. “I am not one bit happy with the reply and I will not be accepting it. The road hasn’t seen any work in years, there is a lot of traffic and houses on it. Passing bays are there but you can’t pull in to them because they are full of muck and dirt, if you pull in you mightn’t be able to pull out”.

He said the gullies need to be cleaned “before the winter is out” and felt the area “has been neglected”. “It is a very busy road, I call on you to do something sooner rather than later”.

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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