Funds from the sale of Clare County Council owned land to Irish Water in Liscannor must be used for what they were stated for, an elected representative reminded the West Clare Municipal District.

Speaking at a recent meeting of the West Clare MD, Cllr Shane Talty (FF) pointed out that the €20,000 paid by Irish Water to the local authority “was to be used to fund amenity works” in Liscannor. In referencing this, he called for the footpath from the filling station to be extended to Clahane Cross.

Newly appointed senior executive officer, John O’Malley outlined that plans to extend the footpath were considered but “are not currently viable”. He said that an alternative solution is to be investigated with a progress report to be issued to the Municipal District when complete.

Talty stated that it was proving problematic for Liscannor residents who do not drive or own a car to travel to services in the village. He spoke of a letter he received from an eighty one year old resident that was no longer able to drive, “it is a sad stage of life”. The woman in her correspondence described the footpath as “a deathtrap”. The North Clare representative acknowledged that there was private property involved with the route in question.

“We need to investigate it more,” O’Malley responded. He confirmed they had “possible alternatives” to look at. Cllr Bill Chambers (FF) seconded the motion.

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