Portlaoise should be ‘pedestrian friendly’

Laois County Council has “thrown the ball down the line” to the NRA, with regards to the provision of a pedestrian crossing near Our Lady’s Shrine in Portlaoise.

Laois County Council has “thrown the ball down the line” to the NRA, with regards to the provision of a pedestrian crossing near Our Lady’s Shrine in Portlaoise.

So said Cllr Jerry Lodge at the recent meeting of Portlaoise Town Council, when he was informed in a written communication from PJ Dempsey of the roads department that Laois County Council has no funds for the works but has given a commitment to inform the roads authority that a crossing is needed at that location.

Cllr Kathleen O’Brien had proposed a motion for the installation of a crossing at the shrine at Market Square, near the Abbeyleix Road.

“A lot of elderly people cross there, we do need it,” she said.

“It’s dangerous. We should be pedestrian friendly as a town,” opined Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald.

“We built the roads and we forgot about the pedestrians and the cyclists,” said Portlaoise mayor, Cllr Willie Aird. “There must be something we can do there.”

“Nothing will happen until someone is injured,” warned Cllr Fitzgerald.

Cllr Lodge suggested the council send a delegation to meet with the NRA to ask them to prioritise not just this crossing, but one on the Abbeyleix Road and one at Grattan Street, too.

“Even if we get one per annum,” he said.