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*Cllr PJ Kelly. Photograph: John Mangan

LONG MEETINGS are testing the patience of Clare’s longest serving politician.

Just shy of two hours into a recent meeting of the West Clare Municipal District, Cllr PJ Kelly (FF) remarked, “if talking could solve problems, we would have no problems in the world,” clearly throwing a jibe at some of the longer contributions from some of his colleagues throughout the bi-monthly sitting.

This proved to be the Lissycasey representative’s sole comment on his own motion seeking that “the middle section of the road known locally as The Loop from Kelly’s Cross via Clohaninchy to Clancy’s Cross be brought up to an acceptable standard”. Cllr Ian Lynch (IND) seconded the proposal with no councillor choosing to disagree with Kelly’s observation.

Senior executive engineer, Alan Kennelly was of the belief the roads referred to were the L-2088-0 & L-2088-22.

He disagreed with Cllr Kelly’s views on the standard of the road. “This local primary route forms a crescent to the west of the N67 – deviating from the N67 in the townland of Lissyneillan before re-joining the N67 again in the village of Quilty. The surface of the L-2088-22 is of at a high standard, according to our PSCI surveys. The surface of the L-2088-0 has a poorer rating, but is by no means at an unacceptable standard. 2,000m of the L-2088-0 –is included in the 2022 Schedule of Municipal District Works”.

Within the space of a minute, all three of Kelly’s motions had been dealt with. Another focused on a start date for footpath works at Kilmaley with construction scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2022. “I’m delighted something will be done for Kilmaley,” Cllr Kelly stated with Cllr Lynch again seconding the proposal.
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