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Councillor Alan O'Callaghan in Quin: “There are fairly extensive works to be done and I’m delighted that the Council has been able to sources the funds needed.”

Action on Clare estate road repairs after near 20-year wait


RESIDENTS of an East Clare housing estate who have spent almost two decades with unfinished roads and kerbs are to have their situation addressed before the end of the year. 

Councillor Alan O’Callaghan confirmed that Clare County Council has pledged to carry out works at Maigh Dara in Quin, including a final overlay of tar, as well as repairs to kerbs and paths.

Close to €200,000 has been sourced by the local authority to tackle the long-standing problem which has affected the 45-home estate since the estate was built around 17 years ago. 

“There are fairly extensive works to be done and I’m delighted that the Council has been able to sources the funds needed,” said Councillor O’Callaghan.

“The money will come from a number of different pots and will run to more than €190,000. Many residents have been living with this since the estate was built and having man holes protruding and other issues has been a big inconvenience for them, over the years. That situation is finally coming to an end and the Council has confirmed that they should be in a position to get the works done by December.”

The Fianna Fáil member added that a bond that had been paid by the estate’s developer had been largely used up on other works. He said the fact that Quin had only moved into the Killaloe Municipal District in 2019 meant the issue had not been addressed sooner. 

“To some extent, issues in Quin might have gone on the back burner after it was moved from Ennis into the Killaloe district. The Killaloe district has now taken on the matter and I’m delighted that there will be progress before the end of the year.”

About Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

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