O’Meara: Urgent need for works on bog roads in Lorrha and Rathcabbin areas

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A local councillor is calling for emergency work to be carried out on two bog roads in North Tipp.

Councillor Michael O’Meara told this month’s meeting of Nenagh Municipal District that the roads in Ballymacegan and Ballyea are a safety hazard and need addressing as we approach the winter months.

He branded a recent accident that occurred on the junction at the Ballymacegan road as a “miracle” that those involved walked away from it alive and well.

Cllr O’Meara pushed for a Low Cost Safety Scheme to remedy this junction between Ballymacegan and the Birr/Portumna Road (R489).

The independent councillor told Tipp FM the residents of the roads have been patient for a long time now.

“They’re in a deplorable condition, so they are. The residents on the roads have been very patient up to now. It’s just got to the stage that under health and safety I would have concerns that there’s a lot of heavy traffic goes along these roads, let’s say milk lorries and meal lorries for the farming community. And even the residents themselves trying to get in and out with their cars. They’re doing damage to their cars.

“So I raised it with the roads engineer – talking to him over the last few months about it. He came out and visited the roads, and he agrees with me that they are in an awful condition. ”

He suggested that these roads be fixed under the Climate Change Policy, as he deems them to fall under this category.

He says that this work is needed in order to make them passable.

“I was calling on the council to take immediate action to do emergency work on the roads, so that the lorries and people that reside on these roads could travel them. Maybe fill the pot-holes and reinstate any of the roads that the structure has been compromised.”

He says the council will now look to alleviate the worst parts of the two roads in the coming weeks.