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Parking on dangerous bend putting pedestrians & motorists at risk in Gillogue – Begley

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*Cllr Michael Begley. Photograph: John Mangan

Both pedestrians and motorists are at risk due to parking on a dangerous bend in South-East Clare.

Parking on the bend outside the Burlington Plant at Gillogue has been examined by officials within the Shannon Municipal District with a suitable course of action to be followed.

It comes on foot of a motion from Cllr Michael Begley (IND) who requested the installation of double yellow lines. His call was seconded by Cllr Pat O’Gorman (FF).

Despite the car park at the Burlington Plant remaining closed, people have continued to walk in the area and left their vehicles outside, Cllr Begley detailed, “The result is you can’t see oncoming traffic and they can’t see you”. Bollards were erected by Gardaí but were gone within the space of 24 hours. “Their recommendation was double yellow lines so that they could police them,” he added.

“It’s one or the other, we will have to open up the car park in the short-term or get double yellow lines,” senior engineer Aidan O’Rourke stated.

A reduction in traffic heading in the direction of the University of Limerick has been visible, Cllr Begley commented. The Clonlara representative suggested that by opening up a section of the car park, eight or ten cars would get in which would solve the problem.

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, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. 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 - paraic@clareecho.ie

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