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Large Portlaoise estate, ‘forgotten and neglected’

One Portlaoise councillor has said that an estate in the town has been ‘neglected’ and ‘like a town the world forgot about’.

These remarks came from cllr Noel Tuohy on the Kilminchy estate – which he says has been left in terms of road safety.

In March, he claimed the estate was, ‘like a town the world forgot about’. Speaking at the latest Portlaoise municipal district meeting, he expressed that it was ‘neglected’ when it came to road safety measures.

“I think Kilminchy is a forgotten area in town, there are almost 1000 houses, it would be the fourth biggest town in Laois if it was a town itself.

“There is no ramp in Kilminchy other than the one when you turn up for O’Gormans. It has been neglected and left behind,” he said.

Cllr Tuohy’s comments came as cllr Pauline Madigan raised a notice of motion to reduce the height of foilage at roundabouts, so that drivers can see traffic from all sides.

“Even though they are beautiful they are about 10 or 15 foot high – you can’t actually see traffic coming at the other side.

“So beautiful and all as they are they do need to be looked at. It would be good if we could see what a horticulturist says, with the view that safety is of paramount importance,” said cllr Madigan.

In a written reply, senior engineer for the municipal area Wes Wilkinson said: “Laois County Council will examine these locations in conjunction with our horticulturist with a view to improve sightlines at these locations.”

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