Ballymahon councillors turn heat on transport bosses over budget cuts

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Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) were the source of much criticism at a meeting of Ballymahon's Municipal District on Monday

A meeting of Ballymahon Municipal District heard on Monday that there has been a 30% cut to Longford Co Council’s regional roads maintenance budget this year.

The news came from county engineer Alan Slattery who informed those gathered that Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) had cut the 2018 roads budget, but the revelations, however, were not all bad as the local authority remained hopeful that the money could be recouped.

“The areas affected would be hedge cutting, grass verges …...that type of work along the N4, N5 and the N55,” added Mr Slattery.

“There may be a possibility of getting additional funding but we will just have to wait and see.”

Meanwhile, Cllr Colm Murray (FG) told the meeting that this latest news was most unsatisfactory.

He suggested writing to both the Minister and the TII in respect of the matter.

“I am not a fan of this move at all,” the local area representative in Kenagh exclaimed.

“I feel this cut should be reversed and I propose writing to the Minister and the TII about this.”

Cllr Mick Cahill (FF) then told the meeting that the budget cut was “very disappointing”.

Cllr Paul Ross (FG) subsequently added; “With regards to the N55 there is lots of maintenance to be carried out along that route and this budget cut is not good enough.

“I agree with Cllr Murray, we really need to speak to the TII about this.”

Cllr Pat O’Toole (FF) then brought the discussion to a close when he indicated that the Toome Cross in Ballymahon needed assessing.

“There is increased traffic there now with Center Parcs and it will only get worse when the holiday village opens in a year and a half ,” he continued.

“I would like to see the TII coming out and at the very least, carrying out an assessment of that junction,” Cllr O’Toole concluded.

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