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Almost €600,000 to be spent on improving roads near key Laois tourism area in 2021

Slieve Bloom Mountains
Slieve Bloom Mountains

€598,170 will be spent on improving roads in the Camross, Coolrain and Killanure area in 2021 by Laois County Council – boosting its status as one of the key areas for tourism in Laois.

The news was confirmed recently by local Fine Gael Councillor Conor Bergin.

Roads at Inchanisky, Cloncully, Coolrain sawmills, Cloncully, Ballyhorahan and Nealstown will all be resurfaced in 2021 at a cost of almost €600,000 as part of the Roads Programme in the Borris-In-Ossory/Mountmellick municipal area.

Cllr Bergin said: “I am pleased to confirm that a number of roads in the Camross, Coolrain and Killanure area will be resurfaced in the coming weeks and months by Laois County Council as part of our overall €2.4 million investment in upgrading regional and local roads in our Municipal Area this year.

“I have been working closely with Charlie Flanagan TD over the last few years to highlight the importance of investment in the Slieve Bloom mountains and advocate for support from the Government in this regard.”

Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan added: “The Slieve Bloom mountains are a hugely important attraction for tourists and locals in County Laois and there has been a significant investment in the new Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike trail over the last few years, as well as new signage and smart cycle stops which were also announced recently.”

Councillor Bergin concluded: “I have spoken to the engineers in Laois County Council and I have confirmed that these resurfacing works will be carried out throughout 2021.

“The road works at Nealstown began at the end of March and Camross, Killanure and Coolrain residents will be advised in the coming months of a number of temporary road closures and traffic diversions to facilitate these works.

“I am receiving numerous calls from residents in the Camross area about roads and drains that need to be addressed by Laois County Council and I am continuing to propose motions at our Municipal meetings and work hard to resolve these issues.”

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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.