THE lack of signposts giving directions to Rathnamanagh set Cllr Willie Aird on the road to outrage at the recent Portlaoise electoral area meeting, where he lambasted Laois County Council for claiming there was no funding to erect the sign.
“We had signs there before we had any area engineers - it’s going back up,” he vowed, replying to a written response from senior engineer Mr Tom O’Carroll in which Mr O’Carroll reported that funding precluded the erection of a sign as requested at the Rathevan junction.
“That’s a disgraceful response,” said Cllr Aird. “I know of someone recently who couldn’t find Rathnamanagh, it’s an absolute disgrace.”
“I never got such a report (from an engineer) before,” he continued. “You can take that back to Tom O’Carroll. How can you direct to Rathnamanagh without a sign?”
Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald said that there had been a funeral recently in the area and she had been unable to give people directions.
Town manager, Mr Michael Rainey explained that Mr O’Carroll was the budget manager and if the councillors had any concerns their next port of call would be the senior engineer, Mr John O’Donoghue. He said he would talk to Mr O’Carrol again.
“I’ve had this motion down three times and I’ve never failed to get a motion passed before. This has to stop,” fumed Cllr Aird.