Tipperary County Council would not be able to afford to have a road maintenance crew dedicated solely to filling in potholes, Nenagh Municipal District Council was told.
The councillors had asked that setting up such a crew be examined, but district engineer Michael Hayes pointed out the council was already filling potholes seven months of the year, and had a dedicated crew working five days a week over the winter.
However, Cllr Michael O’Meara said it was a “waste of money” repairing potholes in the winter, and pointed out that E4.9m had been spent on road repairs last year in the Nenagh district alone.
He said roads funding had been cut by up to E6m over the past three or four years and there was a case to be made to the new Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, for a State loan to repair the worst roads in the district.
“It is very frustrating to be filling the same potholes year after year,” he said.
District director Marcus O’Connor said he would check to see if a State loan could be raised but the problem was how it could be paid back.
He said the kernal of the matter was that roads funding had been going down “year after year”, and had been cut by E1m per year for the past five years.
Cllr Mattie Ryan “Coole” was supported by Cllr O’Meara and Cllr Seamus Morris in his call for the council to apply to the Department for special funding to repair parts of the R503 in Rearcross.