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Councillor Flynn: “The problem is the people we are trying to keep out don’t give one tuppenny damn about by-laws and signs.”

Improved parking coming after issues with illegal encampments


GRAVE concerns among the local community in Shannon visiting Illaunmanagh cemetery were highlighted at a meeting of councillors where it was confirmed plans are underway for a new footpath and improved car parking.

Councillor Gerry Flynn, at a meeting of the Shannon Municipal District, highlighted “big entourages” of vehicles attending services at the crematorium parking in spaces provided for the graveyard.

Illegal encampments have led to the closing of the parking area near the main entrance, he added saying this is “causing a massive inconvenience”.

While sight lines when exiting on to Slí na Mara, “a very busy road, is causing safety issues”.

Responding to the motion, Tom Mellett, Senior Executive Engineer Shannon Municipal District stated, “Shannon Municipal District will be installing a new footpath and improved public car parking area in the Illaunmanagh area.

“The works include the installation of new drainage infrastructure, kerbing, a new macadam footpath, a new car parking area and improving the entrance to the Illaunmanagh area. These works will be completed by early September.”

Councillor Flynn welcomed the response, saying he is hopeful the overflow car park can be opened and managed “because that is the key”.

Councillor Donna McGettigan seconded the motion, and brought up a further issue of dumping in the area saying “this comes up time and time again.”

Councillor PJ Ryan stated the car park which has been closed due to illegal encampments should be reopened and managed with by-laws put in place to ensure no overnight parking. Mr Mellett stated the council would look at this suggestion.

Councillor Flynn commented, “The problem is the people we are trying to keep out don’t give one tuppenny damn about by-laws and signs.”

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