ACTION is needed on a damaged part of the N68 at Knockalough to ensure it is remedied before the summer season.

Following a motion by Cllr PJ Kelly (FF), Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) have been requested to “resurface the damaged part of N68 at Knockalough”.

Speaking at a meeting of the West Clare Municipal District, Cllr Kelly announced, “I’m back again with this old chestnut. There has been a lot of good work done between Caherea and Lissycasey but this needs a substantial investment”. He urged local authority officials to get the TII to look at the road “in detail”.

A parliamentary question tabled by Violet-Anne Wynne TD (IND) was recalled by Cllr Ian Lynch (IND) which asked “why the TII didn’t come west after Lissycasey”, he continued, “the reply was that the infrastructure was good enough”. The Kilrush man felt the response was “strange and I can’t see how they are coming up with that. I was surprised with the TII’s response, I’d like to make sure the road gets the attention it deserves”.

Cllr Gabriel Keating (FG) told the meeting he had discussions on the matter with the senior executive officer John O’Malley, John Leahy from the Council’s roads department and MD engineer Alan Kennelly. “It needs to be done and I think it will be done, there seems to be funding coming now for various works and jobs. The name of the game is getting your application in for the funding. There is money coming for all sorts of projects. We need it done and we need it done soon. People will be coming West on their holidays, we’ve had two years to get the roads ready for them”.

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