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Surface water on Clare roads requires closer inspection

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An assessment will be held regarding the need for drainage works on a rural road in Sixmilebridge.

Citing “a serious amount of surface water” emerging on the road, Cllr PJ Ryan (IND) appealed for the Shannon Municipal District to carry out drainage works on the R471 and its junction with the L7032 known as the Gullett Crossroads.

“This location will be assessed to determine what works will be required to alleviate this issue,” senior executive engineer Tom Mellett confirmed.

Resurfacing of the R471 has increased the flow of water onto the roads in the area, Cllr Ryan maintained. “There is a serious amount of water coming from the secondary road onto the main road. The big problem here is that the R471 has been resurfaced in recent times”.

Cllr Gerry Flynn (IND) believed surface water required closer inspection by the local authority. “Surface water has been a huge issue in the last number of years, there are some good works being done by Clare County Council to alleviate it at certain locations but we need to continue with it”.

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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