Former councillor Rocky McGrath’s concerns over delays to Newport repairs

Former Newport area county councillor John “Rocky” McGrath has expressed serious concern with the delay in having planned works completed by Tipperary County Council.

Former Newport area county councillor John “Rocky” McGrath has expressed serious concern with the delay in having planned works completed by Tipperary County Council.

The Lowry Team member said that during the lifetime of the last council, money had been ringfenced to complete works in the Newport area.

“Prior to the election, I fought for an allocation for specific problems in the wider Newport area. At the time myself and my fellow councillors were delighted to have been in a position to put aside money to ensure that these works were done. Unfortunately, it seems that very little has been achieved in recent months,” he said.

“I am concerned that the works on roads at Rootagh-Drombane, Foiduff, and Glenn has not been done. Nothing has been done to tackle what is clearly a serious safety issue at Shower, Ballymackeogh, where the land falls away sharply from both sides of the road. Myself and council officials met landowners and agreement was made that improvement works needed to be completed as soon as possible to prevent a serious accident,” he said.

Mr McGrath also said that required flooding works at Coolruss had not been started yet

“I am genuinely concerned for those living in the areas where these programmes were agreed. Many of these roads are dangerous at the moment and my concern is that the weather will soon be too bad to start any of these works. The residents will then face another winter of treacherous road conditions.

“The money was put aside, and I can see no reason why these works have not been done. Time is running out and the council needs to commence these works as a matter of urgency,” he said.