Cllr Michéal Lowry told this month’s meeting of Thurles/Templemore Municipal District that roads across the county are deteriorating rapidly.
“There’s something wrong with them. You can see around town, particularly the Templemore road. The surface is just coming apart. They’re not just potholes. There’s whole clumps of it gone. It’s very frustrating and dangerous.” Cllrs had been raising the issue at every meeting. “The top of the Green (in Holycross) outside Willie Harty’s house is lethal.” The roads were putting people off cycling or using motorbikes.
Cllr Lowry said it was not acceptable that the Council was spending so much on roads, only for them to break up so soon after being repaired. Cllr Jim Ryan said wheels bursting on a car could cost E700 to repair. “For some reason there seems to be an awful lot of deep potholes in the town. It’s all coming to a head. Why are we paying road tax?” Cllr David Doran said he would not encourage people to not pay their road tax, but the roads are a “major concern.. in serious need of work.” Cllr Willie Kennedy said water drainage was the biggest problem. Cllr Seamus Hanafin said the surface of the Cuchulainn road in Thurles is in urgent need of repair. Cllr Jackie Cahill said that when a road is finished, it is “counterproductive” not to finish the drainage as well. Whole “cavities” have opened up on the roads in Thurles, he said. Cllr Joe Bourke said the older system of filling potholes with tar was better than using the “patcher”.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.