Manhole is 'keeping people up at night'

A row over a defective manhole in Lanesboro looks set to prompt a legal dispute between Longford County Council and Eir.

The controversy erupted at last week's meeting of Ballymahon Municipal District.

A number of local representatives, led by Cllrs Mark Casey and Gerald Farrell said the noise brought about by the manhole's deficiencies is already affecting local homeowners' sleep patterns.

Their irritation over the episode came after area engineer Alan Slattery said attempts to entice Eir to fix the problem had so far failed.

“It's been brought to their (Eir's) attention, but unfortunately no works have been carried out,” he said.

That, in turn, drew a hostile response from Cllr Casey.

“I emailed this in well over six months ago.

“It's a major issue for the two houses beside it because every time a car comes near it it's bang, bang, bang and no one wants it.

“I suggest we go the legal route and send a solicitor's letter to them and get this sorted out,” he stormed.

Cllr Casey added the daily ritual of having to listen cars and other vehicles crossing the troublesome manhole was becomingly increasingly tedious for local homeowners.

“This is affecting people's sleep and we have a duty to do something about this,” he added.

It was a move that was seconded by the District's other Lanesboro based representative, Cllr Gerald Farrell.

He said the only way to get the matter resolved to everyone's satisfaction was by issuing a legal directive.

“It (solicitor's) letter will speed the whole thing up,” he commented.

“When you have Bord Na Mona lorries with eight axles on them drawing turf from the (Power) Station, you couldn't possibly sleep,” he said.

Director of Services John Brannigan said the Council's executive fully accepted the concerns which were aired by Cllrs Casey and Farrell.

In agreeing to sanction the request, Mr Brannigan said the present situation facing the council was “totally unacceptable”.