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*Knockerra Church. Photograph: Graham Horn

No plans to upgrade public lighting in Knockerra are currently on the table of Clare County Council officials.

Senior executive engineer in the West Clare Municipal District, Alan Kennelly confirmed there was no plans within the local authority to extend public lighting along the L-6168-0 which is the side road up by the Church of St Senan in Knockerra.

His comments came in response to a motion from Cllr Gabriel Keating (FG). An upgrade of public lighting was sought by the Cross native. “There are a number of houses but no public lighting whatsoever,” he flagged.

Under the Local Authority Public Lighting Energy Efficiency Project, approximately 280,000 public lights will be retrofitted with energy efficient LED lanterns over the next 3-4 years in 24 Local Authorities across Ireland, Kennelly detailed.

“It is estimated that the total capital expenditure for this project will be circa €150 million. I understand that Clare is in the Southern Region and that LED upgrading works are due to begin in Clare in 2022,” he added.

A costing for the works in Knockerra were then sought by Cllr Keating. “Deep down I have an idea or what I’ve been told before, anywhere there is a footpath the Council have to provide lighting. Can you do a costing and check if there is a footpath,” he asked.

Cllr Ian Lynch (IND) supported the proposal as it followed a previous motion of his on the topic. He noted that General Municipal Allocation might cover the work if a costing was provided.

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