Thursday 19 September 2019

Road has been waiting 200 years for repairs

ROADWORKS on a busy north Wexford route are delayed by almost 200 years, according to the Chairman of Wexford County Council.

Cllr Michael Kinsella told the January meeting of the local authority that proposed improvements on the Craanford to Carnew road date back to the 1800s.

While perusing a local historical publication recently, Cllr Kinsella noted that Lord Courtown and Lord Fitzwilliam had a detailed study of the route carried out.

They considered improving it as it was a key trade route at the time and even listed all the bad bends – which remain now as they were then – on the road which they would be replacing with nice straight stretches.

However, Cllr Kinsella said the men fell out and the road remains the same, with 'at least an accident a week in normal conditions'.

' Maybe the present Lord Courtown might assist?' enquired Cllr Paddy Kavanagh, in a well aimed ( and good natured) jibe at Labour's Robbie Ireton.

The road was a hot topic at the meeting as councillors felt that there should have been much better co-operation between Wexford and Wicklow County Councils during the cold spell in terms of salting and gritting the roads in border areas.

Cllr Kinsella said that the Wexford local authority's efforts stopped at Craanford and didn't continue to the Wicklow border making it virtually impossible to get from Gorey to places like Carnew, Tinahealy and Shillelagh.

He said that not only do a lot of people from these areas shop in Gorey, but a lot of people from north Wexford are employed in south Wicklow, particularly at Kerry Foods in Shillelagh.

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