Queen’s County’s road to ruin

The following letter appeared in the Irish Times this week:

The following letter appeared in the Irish Times this week:

Sir,

I think it is high time that attention should be drawn to the bad state of the Queen’s County roads.

I can do so with some confidence, as I have lately returned from a motoring holiday in Donegal, which took me through thirteen other counties and over some 850 miles of road.

I can safely say that, with the exception of some short sections in Sligo (especially the roads within the benighted control of the Sligo Borough Council) and some of the wilder parts of Donegal, I found no roads so bad as those of the Queen’s County, and yet these had once the name of being the best roads in Ireland.

I drove home through Derry, by Limavady, Antrim town, Newry, and Drogheda, to Dublin. Nearly all these roads are steamrolled. I asked in Ballymena, “How did you get such good roads?” The answer was, “By agitation.”

Surely it is time to agitate for Queen’s County?

In January I was told by a representative of a large Dublin motor firm that he had just returned from Cork, and the worst roads he travelled over were those of Queen’s County - especially from Monasterevin to Durrow.

Many of the roads, once quite fair, have deteriorated seriously during the past few years and are now about the worst one could meet anywhere.

I do not suggest such works as would increase the rates, but road users have a right to ask whether the money they contribute is being spent to the best advantage.

If something is not done immediately to mend the present wretched system in Queen’s County, an enormous expenditure will shortly be necessary to make the roads even decent, so rapidly are they deteriorating.

Is it too much to ask that the matter may be seriously taken up by all road users, in the hope that agitation, which has done so much elsewhere, may give us good roads here?

Yours,

Sick of Queen’s County.

October 4, 1913