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Funding to be sought to construct new footpath near popular walking spot in Laois town

Aidan Mullins

Laois County Council is to seek funding to construct a footpath near a popular walking spot in a Laois town.

Sinn Fein Councillor Aidan Mullins has routinely called for a footpath from the Railway Bar to Corrig Wood in Portarlington.

Following discussions with County Council officials, Cllr Mullins confirmed that funding would be sought under the 2022 Programme of Works.

Cllr Mullins also outlined what he hoped would come in phase 2 of the project.

He said: “Further to my previous requests to Laois County Council to install a footpath from the Railway Bar to Corrig Wood in Portarlington, I spoke to the Director of Services again about this after yesterday’s Council meeting.

“He confirmed that the Council would seek to provide funding for this path in the 2022 Programme of Works.

“This is a very popular walking route and pedestrians are at risk from the huge volume of passing traffic on this road.

“Adequate space is available, as can be seen from the photo below, and little or no clearance is required which greatly reduces the cost.

“Phase 2 of this project would be the installation of public lights along the route.”

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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.