Lights up but not plugged in


Lights erected in March to improve safety at a dangerous and busy junction near Emo are not yet connected to a power supply.

The same problem exists in Portarlington where two lights that were approved last year, and erected at a cost €3,500. One of the lights is located at the busy community centre.

Cllr Tom Mulhall (FG) and Cllr Aidan Mullins (SF) raised the delays at the recent meeting of Portarlington Graiguecullen Municipal District.

The nine road lights are located at the busy Kennel’s Cross.

Apart from being used by local motorists, the junction is a crossroads for traffic between Portarlington and Portlaoise.

It is used by motorists coming from Dublin and travelling on to Mountmellick and Tullamore.

The lights are the final part of a works programme to improve safety.

The second light is located opposite Marion Hill. Both Port lights were erected in March and approved last year under Cllr Mullins' discretionary funding.

Both councillors believe responsibility for the delay lies with the ESB.