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Councillor Alan O'Callaghan

Cross-district support for road improvement plan

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A STRETCH of road which extends across two different municipal districts will be repaired this year, but is not on the current roads programme for this year.

The poor condition of the road at Ballycar North, Sixmilebridge, which crosses from the Killaloe to the Shannon Municipal District, was highlighted by Councillor Alan O’Callaghan. At a meeting of the Killaloe district committee, he called on the engineer from the area to meet her Shannon counterpart to draw up a proposal for the road. “This road is divided between both districts and in a very poor state,” the Fianna Fáil councillor said. “A lot of people use the route and it’s in need of a lot of repair. I understand it crosses two districts, that’s why I’m calling for the two engineers to work together on this.”

In a reply to the motion, Senior Executive Engineer (SEE) Niamh Madden said she had spoken with the Shannon SEE on the matter. “As this road is located within two municipal districts, Killaloe and Shannon, I have spoken with Tom Mellett, Senior Executive Engineer in the Shannon Municipal District,” she said. “Although this road is not on the current roads programme, it will be considered for inclusion in the future roadworks programme. In the meantime, the Killaloe Municipal District undertakes to carry out essential maintenance on this road in 2021. Tom Mellett has indicated that he is agreeable to carrying out same on the section located in the Shannon Municipal District.”


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 or telephone 065 6864146.

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