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‘Sub-standard’ Clenagh route ‘a danger for road users’

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A ‘sinking sub-standard road’ in Newmarket-on-Fergus is not due for an upgrade in Clare County Council’s 2020 roadworks programme.

Senior executive engineer in the Shannon Municipal District, Aidan O’Rourke outlined that the road near Markham’s Cross in Clenagh, Newmarket-on-Fergus is not set to receive an upgrade in this year’s programme of works.

O’Rourke outlined that the road would be examined to determine what “immediate repairs are required and these will be carried out as soon as resources permit”. He said that it would be considered for inclusion in future programmes.

An upgrade of the route was requested by Cllr Pat McMahon (FF) who stated it was “a danger to road users”. The Chair of the Shannon MD remarked that it was the main road in Clenagh and described it as “sub-standard and it has sunk in recent years”. “It is in a rural part of the parish with more and more people using it”.

He believed it posed a danger for bicycles and vehicles plus the individuals using either mode of transport. Cllr PJ Ryan (IND) seconded the motion.

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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