Lawlor and Carthy in rare agreement!
It's not often that Cllr George Lawlor and Mayor Ger Carthy are singing from the one hymn sheet but it happened not once but twice last week.
Cllr Lawlor said that street lighting is needed on the Newtown Road. 'The street lighting is non existent there and we should look at it. It is a very heavily trafficked road and it is used a lot by people for exercising as well. It is in pitch darkness at night-time.'
For once Mayor Carthy was in agreement. 'I don't support Cllr Lawlor too often but I do on this occasion. I spoke to Sinead Casey about this previously when the islands went in there with no lighting. It's deadly dangerous especially for emergency vehicles overtaking at the islands on the way to the hospital.'
Again proving that lightening does strike twice Mayor Carthy once again lent his support to Cllr Lawlor over the safety measures that were recently introduced in Drinagh. Cllr Lawlor said: 'I'm very disappointed with the work in Drinagh.
'We are possibly the leading county in Ireland in terms of safety for cyclists and headed up the €1.5 million Staying Alive Campaign. We haven't given as much as 1.5 cm for cyclists. It wasn't our finest hour. 1,000s of people avail of the Bike to Work scheme and I think the theme of the money used for the works was Active Travel. I think it was a poor day work.
'We are sending out the wrong message', he said.
Mayor Carthy agreed saying he had concerns where the cyclists came off the road onto the cycle lane. 'To me it doesn't seem wide enough'.
Cllr Deirdre Wadding said: 'It doesn't take an engineer to see there is not enough room. I don't know what you (the council) were thinking. There isn't enough room, it's as simple as that.'