No talking on Togher turfmound

A HIGH profile turf sculpture at Togher roundabout off the Portlaoise motorway junction is still awaiting an overhaul, almost two months after a councillor suggested something be done about its dilapidated condition.

A HIGH profile turf sculpture at Togher roundabout off the Portlaoise motorway junction is still awaiting an overhaul, almost two months after a councillor suggested something be done about its dilapidated condition.

Cllr James Deegan is blaming a lack of communication between senior officials working beside each other in Laois County Council.

“They are in the same room, are they not talking?” he said.

Last June 11 at a meeting on economic development and promotion of Laois, Cllr Deegan suggested that relevant people be contacted about improving the turfmound. Among the officers in attendance were senior planner Kieran Kehoe, arts officer Muireann Ni Chonaill and Ian McCormack, representing arts sports and tourism.

Ms Ní Chonaill since agreed that improving the turf installation, created in the mid 1990s, was worthwhile.

“It was not by a sculptor, it was done by a landscape gardener. It is a good idea to consider,” she said.

However because Cllr Deegan didn’t suggest it to the senior officers responsible for roads, nothing more has been done.

Engineer Tom O’Carroll told the Leinster Express that Cllr Deegan must come up with a proposal in order to get anything done.

“I suggest he bring it to the attention of Michael O’Hora or John O’Donohue, for any work that has to be done on the motorway. There is no funding provided,” he said.

Cllr Deegan says he will be pursuing the issue, as the condition of the turfmound is worsening.

“I will bring it to their attention. From an economic point of view, this doesn’t send out a great signal,” he said.