“WE haven’t looked after the people of Grattan Street,” admitted Cllr Willie Aird at the Portlaoise Town Council meeting,
The councillor made the comments when during a motion to have a left turning lane installed at Grattan Street/Market Square leading up to the N80.
The motion was proposed by Cllr Alan Hand, who was informed in a reply from PJ Dempsey of the roads department that there is not adequate room for a lane, nor is there any funding available.
“During peak times the traffic is blocking up and a filter lane would sort it,” Cllr Hand said.
He said that whenever there is a football match on or ploughing championships, the traffic accumulates right the way back. His party colleague, Cllr Caroline Dwane added that there is a huge bottleneck on the road at school times. Cllr Hand suggested shortening the traffic island in the middle of the road to accommodate the new lane, but Cllr Kathleen O’Brien said she felt the road was “okay” and that the traffic island provided a good “stepping stone” for people to cross.
“You can’t have two lanes without a pedestrian crossing, we should put in a crossing as well,” opined Cllr Willie Aird, adding that the council had not looked after the people of Grattan Street properly.
Cllr Hand said he would appreciate it if PJ Dempsey could re-explore the matter. “Safety has to be an issue,” he said.