Farmers who don’t cut their ditches were then complaining about potholes caused by the overgrown hedgerows, Cllr Seamus Morris told Nenagh Municipal Distrcit Council.
He was speaking during a debate on council policy regarding trimming verges at regional road junctions.
“The law is an ass,” declared Cllr Michael O’Meara, who said 80 per cent of farmers cut hedges.
“We don’t take farmers to court over this because they will have some excuse,” he said.
Cllr O’Meara also warned about the number of large mature trees along the side of the roads, saying he did not want to see a tragedy on a similar scale to one some years back when a group of French visitors died after their vehicle was hit by a falling tree. He urged landowners not to plant large trees close to the road.
Cllr O’Meara was supported by Cllr Ger Darcy, who said such trees were “potentially dangerous”.
However, he cautioned against the landowner trimming large trees themselves as “you need to know what you are doing”.
The nine councillors agreed that the council was doing a good job keeping junctions clear of overgrown verges.
Meanwhile, Cllr Hughie McGrath urged people to “have patience” with the council over grasscutting during the summer as the council had changed the contractor in the middle of the growing season.
Area engineer Michael Hayes told Cllr Morris that before amalgamation, the Newport contractor cut and mulched the grass, but in Nenagh, the grass was cut and taken away, which was the more expensive option.
“It is a budgetary issue and will have to be looked at,” he said.