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‘Ridiculous’ amount of repairs needed from Cooraclare to Kilrush Rd

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Amount of repairs required on the R483 from Kilrush to Cooraclare have been labelled “ridiculous” by one county councillor.

Detail on the schedule of repairs completed by Clare County Council by date carried out along the water main on the R483 from Kilrush to Cooraclare were queried by Cllr Ian Lynch (IND) at a recent meeting of the West Clare Municipal District.

Further information sought included the total metres of water main and road network repaired, the total cost charged to Irish Water associated with the repair of the main and roads infrastructural repair. An update from Irish Water on the allocation of funds to replace “the perished asbestos main” also formed part of Lynch’s motion. Cllr Cillian Murphy (FF) seconded the proposal.

In a written response, senior engineer Cyril Feeney detailed that the matter was forwarded to Irish Water with no update provided at the time of the meeting.

“It was deliberately worded so that Clare County Council would reply, we should have the answer to this one,” Cllr Lynch replied. He outlined that flooding on surrounding land occurs when the water main leaks. “We have a serious issue with how Irish Water is funded. People are concerned, there is a lot of breaks in the line, people are taking to social media and talking to the papers”. He felt the amount of repairs needed on the road were “ridiculous”.

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, and 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 -

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