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Pedestrian Crossing Sought for Corofin

PLANS to install a pedestrian crossing in the village of Corofin have made progress, after a motion was tabled by Councillor Joe Killeen at this month’s meeting of the West Clare Municipal District.

Calling for a new crossing, the Fianna Fáil members said it would be in the interests of the safety of all road users locally.

“What we have is a cluster of facilities together – the GAA pitch and the playground – at the southern part of the village,” he explained. “Then, we have the medical centre just across the road. At the moment, we’re trying to encourage people to park in the car parking spaces adjacent to the GAA pitch and at the entrance to the play area. We’ve got Laghtagoona which has 100 houses and lots of the children from there come as part as the pitch and playground and we’re looking for a pedestrian crossing to try and facilitate those using the facility. It would also accommodate those waiting for the bus in the morning at the grotto. We have three busses leaving Corofin in the morning and lots of people are dropped off and it’s a busy thoroughfare and a pedestrian crossing would ensure safety for all.”

The motion was seconded by Councillor Shane Talty. “I’d be familiar with attending matches at the pitch there and parking in the public car park up town, on the other side of the street and it can be difficult to get across and there are narrow footpaths along there,” he said.

A written reply to the motion, from Enda MacNamara, Senior Executive Engineer (SEE), said that suitable locations for a pedestrian crossing at the location would be sought. “If a suitable location is identified, the MD office will investigate possible sources of funding,” MR MacNamara said.

Cathaoirleach of the district, Councillor Joe Garrihy welcomed the response saying the crossing might be something the authority would look at in the context of accessible transport.

 

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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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