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Funding requested to light up ‘darkest road in Laois’ which is ‘waiting 30 years’ for light

Durrow Cork Road

The County Council has been called upon to provide light to what has been described as ‘the darkest road in Laois’.

The call was made at a recent meeting of the Borris-In-Ossory-Mountmellick Municipal District by Independent Councillor Ollie Clooney.

According to Councillor Clooney, the road in question is the Cork Road in Durrow.

Cllr Clooney said: “This is unquestionably the darkest road in Laois.

“Not one light has been put up on that road in 30 years and it was once the main road to Cork.

“We have applied for three years and got money but there is still no sign of lights.

“This is a very busy stretch. You have Durrow Lions soccer, people out walking all the time and new houses.

“It is simply not good enough in 2023 that people have to walk around in the pitch dark.”

Engineer Paul McLoughlin confirmed he would meet Cllr Clooney at the location and assess the issue.

While District Engineer Edmund Kenny confirmed the Council had applied under the Active Travel Scheme but this was not secured for 2023.

Seconding the motion, Cllr James Kelly said that the only light on that road is from the filling station.

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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.