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A West Clare councillor has revealed he received a phonecall from popular sunshine destination Tenerife over a missing pole in Kilkee.

At a recent meeting of the West Clare Municipal District, Cllr Gabriel Keating (FG) brought smiles to the faces of all present at the virtual sitting as he regaled them with details of a phonecall he had that morning.

His admission noted that lighting deficiencies in one of Clare’s most popular coastal spots has been discussed on the largest of the Canary Islands.

“I got a phonecall from Tenerife this morning,” he detailed. “There is a public pole missing in Victorian Court in Kilkee, they tell me two years ago the pole was moved across the road to light up the bandstand, it is very dark and people are walking a lot at the moment”. Keating who formerly worked in the financial services industry appealed to the senior engineer to replace the pole.

Alan Kennelly senior executive engineer quipped in response, “I thought I had been promoted to being in charge of lights at Tenerife”. He continued, “There is a footpath in front of some of the houses. There isn’t money in our budget for erection of new public lights, anything we do is contingent on money being available”. Kennelly said officials would revert back to the councillor if a place for Victorian Court was located.

Clare County Council took over the houses from Rural Resettlement Ireland, Keating said. “I’d say the ball is back in their court, not Victoria Court, the Council’s court”.

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