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‘God forbid a child ran out onto the road’ – Laois Councillors call for a wall to be erected in housing estate

Mountrath General

Two Laois County Councillors have called for a boundary wall to be put up on the perimeter of a housing estate.

Independent Councillor James Kelly tabled the motion recently at the Borris-In-Ossory/Mountmellick Municipal District meeting.

Cllr Kelly’s motion related to Moonbawn Housing Estate in Mountrath and he initially asked for the existing fence to be repaired.

In reply, Fionnula Daly of the Housing Department, said: “Estate management has sought costings for repair of this boundary fence.

“However, repair works will be determined by the availability of sufficient financial resources in this year’s budget.”

But in a discussion that followed afterwards, Councillors agreed that a wall would actually be a better fix.

Cllr Kelly said: “Something has to be done because God forbid a child runs out onto the road.”

While Cllr John King added: “A wall is actually the best solution because a fence will keep breaking down.

“A fence is no use – it has a short life span and we need to keep people safe.”

Separately, Cllr Kelly put down a motion calling for the repair of a fence between the Arderin Housing Estate and Delour river in Camross village.

In response, Ms Daly said the matter had been referred to the technical team for further examination.

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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.