PEOPLE who deliberately block water inlets on roadways should be prosecuted, according to Cllr Pauline Coonan.
The “full leverage of the law should come down on those people”, the FG councillor told the July meeting of North Tipperary County Council.
Senior engineer Michael F Hayes replied that it was “true” that watercourses in the Templemore area had been blocked. He confirmed that he had written to landowners about it.
He admitted flooding was a problem, but said the council opens the inlets where ever they can. However, he said that sometimes the inside of ditches was higher than the road.
Mr Hayes told Cllr John “Rocky” McGrath, Independent, that he would examine flooding at Silvermines.
Cllr McGrath also backed a claim by Cllr John Hogan, FF, that farmers in hilly areas were “filling in drains” causing damage to roads, and that Coillte were also part of the problem.
“The amount of damage on the roads is noticeable. Coillte must put water in a safe direction,” said Cllr McGrath.
Cllr Hogan had urged that the council write to the IFA and Coillte to ask them to take care when they were reclaiming land. “The inlets are there for a purpose.”
Fianna Fail’s Cllr Mattie Ryan “Coole” said the roads in the county’s disadvantaged areas were “worse than elsewhere”.
He urged that the council look for a special grant for the roads as “we have more than in most areas”.
Mr Hayes told him that the council had been unable to get a special grant for disadvantaged roads.