Nenagh housing estate is ‘a disgrace’

Pictured at a meeting between Thurles Chamber and the new Town Manager, Marcus O'Connor and Michael Ryan,Town Clerk, at Thurles Town Council Offices, last week,were, at back(l to r): Pat Donnelly,Executive Director of Thurles Chamber; Paddy Barry,Chamber Board; Caroline Loughnane,P.R.O of Thurles Chamber; Noreen Foran, Chamber Board and Tomas Bourke, Chamber Board.In front(l to r): Michael Ryan, Town Clerk; Austin Broderick, President of Thurles Chamber and Marcus O'Connor, new Thurles Town Manager.Photo: Brid Ryan
THE residents of Castle Oaks on the Dark Road had to draw a white line across the entrance to warn motorists they were coming in and out of the estate and there was a crèche in the area, Nenagh Town Council has been told.

THE residents of Castle Oaks on the Dark Road had to draw a white line across the entrance to warn motorists they were coming in and out of the estate and there was a crèche in the area, Nenagh Town Council has been told.

Cllr Seamus Morris said: “The place is a disgrace. We have to do something. Can we give the residents any good news?”

The Sinn Fein councillor stated he was told by NAMA that that they were only acting as bankers and did not have any involvement with the estate.

“If NAMA are the bankers their property is devaluing,” he said, adding that when they come back for planning permission “maybe we won’t play ball with them”.

Cllr Morris said the fencing at the estate was in a dangerous condition and at one stage the residents had to place bollards out because the fencing was on the road.

“All we want is a fence. What happens if a child walks in off the street? Some have wandered out to the huge open space,” he revealed.

He urged that NAMA be asked to release money to repair the fence. “They released money to the disgraced Dublin Port Authority, which is a white elephant. They can also release money for this,” he said.

Town clerk Sarah O’Callaghan said she had received the same reply from NAMA and would now write to the two receivers involved.

But Cllr Tom Moylan said that if the company was in receivership, then NAMA put them there and, therefore, NAMA was responsible.

“We should be laying down the law,” he stated.

Mayor Lalor McGee wanted to know if there was a health and safety issue that could be taken up with the Health and safety Authority.

However, town manager Marcus replied that route had been tried before but the HSA said it was not an active workplace.

“We can all see the condition of the fence is not satisfactory,” he said.

Cllr Virginia O’Dowd stated that it would be in NAMA’s interest to have it repaired as there are still houses for sale in the estate.

“I can’t see why there is such a big deal about it,” she said.

Cllr Conor Delaney said it was “going to take an accident before something is done”.

Cllr Tom Mulqueen pointed out that there were “two or three gaps on the Dark Road. If it was the other way round, NAMA would be on to us.”

Cllr Jimmy Moran also believed NAMA should give money to “who ever can repair the danger”.

He urged: “It is time we got stuck into NAMA and got rid of all the retired bankers out of it and put in building people who know what is needed.”