NRA accused of ‘only trying to protect the motorist’

Cllr Ger Darcy
The National Roads Authority was accused of only “trying to protect the motorist” by Cllr Hughie McGrath at Nenagh Municipal District Council.

The National Roads Authority was accused of only “trying to protect the motorist” by Cllr Hughie McGrath at Nenagh Municipal District Council.

Reiterating his call for crash barriers along the N52 bypass, he said that there was “nothing between 100km cars and pedestrians and cyclists”.

“The NRA doesn’t look at regional roads. There are still people who say there should be crash barriers on the N52 but we have had no response. I am disillusioned at the way they look at these things,” he said.

Cllr McGrath was speaking during a debate on caravans parked along the N52 at Congar which had been raised at the MDC’s July meeting.

“We have pleaded for something to be done to prevent the parking but nothing has been done,” said Cllr Ger Darcy. “With Ballinasloe coming up it is an open invitation and we know the amount of caravans that will be parked on the road. I appeal to you to do something because it will be dangerous,” he said.

He was backed by Cllr Michael O’Meara who said illegal parking seemed to be a problem when “these people take it into their minds to up sticks”.

He warned that farmers were losing Single Farm Payments because of damage that was being done to fields.

Area engineer Peter Fee said that unless something was done for safety purposes, it would not be allowed by the NRA.

“Surely there is nothing more dangerous than having kids at the side of the road,” replied Cllr Darcy. “It is a potential death trap. Road safety, my eye. They should do something before somebody is killed.”

Cllr Seamus Morris was told by meeting co-ordinator Rosemary Joyce that the council had written to Pavee Point about the issue but they had responded by suggesting the matter be raised with Tipperary Traveller Project.

Director of operations Marcus O’Connor said the problem was not to do with road safety but was one of illegal parking.