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Calls for safety works at Laois junction before ‘someone has their nose taken off’

A Laois County Councillor has called for safety works to be carried out before ‘someone has their nose taken off’ their car.

Fine Gael Cllr Conor Bergin implored Laois County Council to address the ongoing safety issue at the junction of the L5053 with Mountain Road, Ballaghmore.

Mr Bergin was speaking at the latest meeting of the Borris-In-Ossory/Mountmellick Municipal District where he said that the junction was ‘an accident waiting to happen’.

Mr Bergin said: “This is one of the key roads if you are heading from Roscrea to Camross.

“It is a very dangerous junction and safety works are needed urgently.

“We really don’t want to see an accident or someone getting their nose taken off while pulling out onto the main road.”

Supporting his colleague, Cllr John King echoed Cllr Bergin’s sentiments.

He said: “It all comes down to speed. Cars are travelling on these roads at ridiculous speeds.

“But safety works are certainly required.”

In reply, engineer Farhan Nasiem said that he would meet Cllr Bergin at the location and carry out an inspection.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.