MULTIPLE REPAIRS carried out to the route leading to a tourist destination has presented difficulties for motorists, a North Clare representative has flagged.

An upgrade and renewed surface of the tourist route into Temple Cronan in Carron village was sought by Cllr Joe Killeen (FF) before a meeting of the West Clare Municipal District. The proposal was seconded by Cllr Shane Talty (FF).

Senior executive engineer in the West Clare MD, Enda MacNamara committed to sending the area office’s patching crew “to carry out localised repairs on this road. This is a local tertiary road so is unlikely to be fully resurfaced in the near future due to funding restraints with the roadworks programme”.

MacNamara advised, “This road would be suitable for the Community Involvement Scheme (CIS) if the local residents were willing to apply”.

Cllr Killeen explained, “It’s a tourist route because this is a tourist destination, the route repaired on numerous occasions so we’re now patching patches and it’s difficult to traverse”.

Better conditions are needed for tourists visiting North Clare, he maintained. “We want to get our tourists in and accommodate them, we have a self-generating message to promote our area and this one needs an upgrade”.

Director of Rural Development, Leonard Cleary felt there was a merit in organising a meeting with local residents to discuss an application to the CIS. “There is a local contribution element but that can fund it sooner than what might ordinarily. The other mechanism is to wait for official funding”.

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