Monday, July 17, 2017

TD appeals to Taoiseach on Coughlanstown Road

The ongoing issue of the Coughlanstown Road to Ballymore Eustace has been raised in the Dail by Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin FF, writes Brian Byrne.

The road has been closed for the last 11 months due to subsidence, and is causing huge disturbance to local people in the village and the surrounding area.

Deputy O'Loughlin raised the matter by a question to An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD on the programme for Government relating to connectivity between villages and rural roads.

She said she had been trying to speak in the Dail on the issue for some time without success,

Deputy O'Loughlin said national funding for the repairs is essential because the estimated costs of fixing the road has been put at €3.5m, which would represent a quarter of Kildare County Council's entire roads budget.

Calling for An Taoiseach's support in dealing with the matter, she noted that many residents of Ballymore have to detour by nine miles to get to the village even though they live within half a mile of it.