Rural roads a 'war zone' after flooding

Published 23/01/2016 | 00:00

Flooding in Enniscorthy on December 29
Flooding in Enniscorthy on December 29
Flooding on the Newline Road.

FOUR wheel drive vehicles are needed to negotiate roads in the county, which have been destroyed during the recent flooding.

'The roads are destroyed,' Cllr Barbara Anne Murphy declared, adding that she was asked to submit a list of roads in need of a repair, but ended up looking for the few roads that were not in need of repair, discovering that there were none.

'We are building a lovely network of roads and we'll have wonderful motorways but 60 per cent of our population are living in the country. The regional roads are not salted or gritted. We should have it up at Mount Leinster.'

Cllr Keith Doyle agreed, adding that roads are in a perilous state in the Ballindaggin area.

Director of Services for Roads Eamonn Hore said: 'I know the roads are in a desperate state. I agree about the salting. We have a salting programme and I get notified every evening. Regional and national roads are salted but not all regional roads are done,the ones with most traffic on them are.'

Mr Hore said local authority workers have brought the roads back from worse conditions. He said 90 per cent of the flooded areas were covered by staff. Cllr James Browne said Caim and Courtnacuddy are like war zones after the flooding, calling for more funding.

Cllr Deirdre Wadding said: 'There is no doubt that with climate change flooding will happen again. The ice caps are melting so this will happen repeatedly. In December 2011 Paul Kehoe said €45m would be committed to flood defence works which were to commence in 2013. (This didn't happen).'

Cllr Paddy Kavanagh said it was people like Cllr Wadding who objected to the flood defence scheme.

In a motion Cllr Kathleen Codd Nolan called for the Community Involvement Scheme and the Local Improvement Scheme to be reinstated. She said eight roads were surfaced in her area with the Local Improvement Scheme, adding that most roads have not been resurfaced for up to 50 years.

'It's totally ridiculous in the 21st century. I know we are after coming through a very, very tough time but this is something we have to put high on our agenda.'

Cllr Kavanagh seconded the motion, saying the Community Involvement Scheme is very important. 'People did the work and provided the machinery. It gives people a sense of ownership of their roads and laneways.'

Cllr Michael Sheehan said the Fine Gael and Labour government sabotaged these schemes.

'You sabotaged the country,' Cllr George Lawlor shot back.

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