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COUNCILLORS IN WEST CLARE have been accused of not being able to figure out how to get crass cut.

On Friday morning, a new grass cutting contract commenced in Kilrush, it is the first year that a contractor has been required for the West Clare town. Prior to this, constituents had lowered the blade on elected representatives.

Speaking at the Annual General Meeting of the West Clare Municipal District, Cllr Ian Lynch (IND) flagged that grass cutting was proving to be a challenge in the area. “The people in Kilrush think we’re incompetent, the grass grows every year and we can’t figure out how to cut it,” he remarked.

He acknowledged that issues persisted with the CE scheme “but surely to God the scheme should cut some of the areas. A common sense decision is needed. How are we expected to run a county when we can’t even cut the grass,” the frustrated Kilrush native remarked.

Acting senior executive officer, John O’Malley noted that traffic and safety management plus individuals retiring were issues relating to the CE scheme.

Lynch called for funding to be set aside to ensure the matter is not a problem in 2023. Director of Services, Leonard Cleary confirmed that senior management in Clare County Council had already discussed this with a budget in place “going forward”, he praised the “very supportive” members of the Finance Department for facilitating this.

In a statement over the weekend, Cllr Lynch outlined that delays had been caused due to the weather with additional resources to be at the crew’s disposal to allow for works to be completed. “This is the first year a contractor has been required for Kilrush, now they are appointed the same issues won’t arise next year,” he said.

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