Offaly County Councillor, Noel Cribbin has this week, warmly welcomed the increase of €1.6 million in funding for the upkeep of roads in North Offaly. However, he has tempered his satisfaction with the increase by saying, "it's the same old story with a lot of our rural roads going over boglands," adding that "this €1.6 million is not near what is required to carry out the work that needs to be done."
"In a perfect world, it's tens of millions that's needed, but I am particularly pleased that at last serious work is to be carried out on Fr Paul Murphy Street in Edenderry." "This work is long overdue and I thank local engineer John Connelly for his commitment in making sure this area is included on this year's budget. I have raised this area strongly for the last number of years as both the road surface and the footpaths are are in very bad condition," Cribbin added.
"The funding is over two years with €200,000 being spent this year on upgrading both the paths and the road from Albert Flynn's house on Fr Paul Murphy Street up the the entrance to Greenwood Park in Year 1, with Year 2 seeing development from Joe Enright's to the Murphy Street corner, which to be fair to the residents on Murphy Street, is long overdue," he continued.
"I feel strongly that the ESB poles should all be replaced there too as they are there since the 1940s and are in a disgraceful state and have gone untouched for years. Some of them are just piles of rust. Now is the time, when paths are being dug up, to put in ducting and new poles with all the wiring going underground. With all the houses in Murphy Street kept so well, the replacement of these 80-year-old poles would really finish off the work to a high standard," the Edenderry native added.
"I have raised this issue with both the local engineers and the ESB and am hopeful that they will agree to carry out the work in Phase 2 on the Dublin Road, bringing resurfacing work from the Tesco roundabout up to the Station House pub, including lights at the roundabout."
"Whilst there are many other areas in town that need serious work like Assumption Road and Colmcille Road, no resurfacing work will take place in those areas until Irish Water finish their work." Other areas to be upgraded include the Derries and Shean," Cllr Cribbin stated.
He continued by saying, "I am very hopeful that a full resurfacing of St Francis Street will be carried out by Irish Water this year after they carried out major works there in 2016 and left it like a patchwork quilt with over 100 cuttings on the road and it is certainly not acceptable to me that Irish Water think that standard of finish is okay," he concluded.
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