INDEPENDENT Councillor Hughie McGrath this week led the calls for a speed reduction scheme to be introduced at a particularly dangerous section of the N52 in north Tipperary.
At the January meeting of the Nenagh Electoral Area Committee on Monday afternoon councillors outlined their frustration with the NRA's (National Roads Authority) protracted efforts to realign the N52 through the town lands of Lisgarriff, Ballyluskey, Ballinderry, Ballyrickard North and Mountfalcon (an area known locally as 'Congar') between Nenagh and Borrisokane.
Cllr. Michael O'Meara (Independent) reported from a meeting with the NRA that "they listened to what we had to say and took on board most of our proposals", but that a one to two-year time frame had been indicated with regard to the realignment of Congar section of the N52 depending upon the renegotiation of the respective compulsory purchase orders. An arbitration hearing has been scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 25 next.
The one to two-year time frame drew an angry response from Fianna Fil Councillor Jim Casey who said he was "disgusted that the NRA were not honouring their original deal". Cllr. Casey insisted that "we are very lucky that somebody has not been killed in Congar" and that "serious questions need to be answered about why we can't progress this project".
"The NRA have been doing my head in for the last ten to 12 years," added Fine Gael Councillor Ger Darcy.
Full story in this week's Tipperary Star.