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Road improvements ‘a matter of urgency’ in Ballyfin and Kilcavan local Councillor says

A local County Councillor has called for improvements to be made in two rural areas “as a matter of urgency.”

The areas in question are Old Deerpark, Ballyfin and Kilcavan GAA Grounds.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Seamus McDonald raised the matter at the Borris-in-Ossory-Mountmellick Municipal District’s February meeting earlier this week.

Speaking about the road in Ballyfin, Cllr McDonald said:

“The last road works carried out here was in 1987 – that’s a long time ago.

“I think it’s very unfair for people living on the road; they can’t avail of any public lighting or footpaths, all they’re asking for is the road to be kept in repair.”

Cllr McDonald added that the road in the vicinity of Kilcavan GAA Grounds is in a state of disrepair, making for dangerous conditions for people attending matches, especially children.

Mr James Dowling, Senior Executive Engineer at the Roads Department confirmed that Laois County Council road maintenance crew will carry out repairs as required.

Cllr McDonald also called on the Council to put in place traffic calming measures at Glebarrow, Rosenallis.

“The carpark has been a tremendous success at Glebarrow, but now the people visiting the carpark are speeding,” Cllr McDonald said.

Mr Dowling said consideration will only be given to the installation of appropriate safety measures once Laois County Council had examined the issues on site.

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