Fine Gael’s Cllr Ger Darcy is looking for a review of Tipperary County Council’s policy on getting public lights repaired.
He pointed out that in the run-up to Christmas his local village of Ardcroney had been left without public lighting for more than two months. Cllr Darcy told the Tipperary Star this week that the lights were eventually switched back on on December 21. However, he stood by his call at the December meeting of Nenagh MDC for the review, saying the present situation was a “disaster”. “I don’t think the council can wash their hands of it,” he said while acknowledging the matter was one for Airtricity.
Senior engineer Michael Hayes had told him that the council could set up a different procedure for reporting public lighting problems but pointed out that they had no control over Airtricity.
Area engineer Peter Fee told Cllr Darcy that the problem at Ardcroney was because it was a repair issue and not maintenance. “It takes 10 days for maintenance and up to three months for repairs,” he pointed out.
Cllr Darcy was supported by Cllr Seamus Morris, who stated that there must be a problem with public lighting as Airtricity was “fixing lights all over the place”.