Laois gets 2% of repair cash

Laois County Council received less than €1 million out of a pot of €50million for additional road repairs in the county.

Laois County Council received less than €1 million out of a pot of €50million for additional road repairs in the county.

Over 20 roads, across Laois will benefit from the extra money this year, with it being divided equally across the county with the same amount going to each area.

The Borris-in-Ossory area will see repairs being made to eight roads, while three will benefit in the Luggacurren area, one in the Emo area. Just four roads in Portlaoise and five in Portarlington will be fixed.

“The allocation brings us almost up to what we had before,” Cllr Willie Aird commented.

He asked that all roadworks in the county cease during the Ploughing Championships, next month.

“I don’t want to be embarrassed by huge queue’s of cars delayed on national routes,” he said.

Kieran Kehoe said this would not happen and other local authorities were asked to follow suit.

Cllr Tom Mulhall welcomed the inclusion of Bracken Street in the new programme and said it was great that the full allocation for the area was being spent there.

However, Cllr Brendan Phelan was not so happy.

“It’s our annual criticism in Borris-in-Ossory. It doesn’t look that fair to me to only get one third of the money when our araea is almost as big as County Louth.”

“The earlier funds didn’t hardly touch the area,” he said.

Cllr James Daly praised the area engineers, However, he highlighted a problem with regulations of other industries slowing down the council’s work.

Cllr Daly was referring to fisheries legislation which prohibits work in river fron October to June. He said this held up work on a bridge near Ballylinan.

“It’s a small window for the council to get their work done, by the time they get funding and tenders and reports done up. I’m just highlighting it to see if anything can be done to make it easier,” he said.

Cllr Moran supported his colleague.

“The pressure put on people about wild weeds and yokes like that is absolutely crazy.

“The work they had to do and there was hardly a drop of water in the river,” he said.

Cllr Brendan Phelan said the Borris-in-Ossory had experienced the same problem.

“The funding will all be spent on reports. Already we have spent €30,000 on two reports and still can’t get agreement. The councillors have now decided no more.”