Friday, October 09, 2020

Disgruntled Islandeady residents are prepared to “lie on the road in front of machines” to prevent a road closure, according to a Mayo councillor.

Independent councillor John O’Malley told a meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District that a proposal to close the main road into the village for three months in order to facilitate work on the new Westport-Turlough Road is “not fair”.

It had initially been planned to close the road for nine months but that was later scaled back to three months.

“This is going to inconvenience people by up to 40 minutes,” said Cllr O’Malley. “I believe there are a few people willing to lie on the road in front of machines rather than see the road closed.”

The issue was also raised at a meeting of Castlebar Municipal District last week. Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne called for a meeting to take place with councillors in attendance in an effort to resolve the ‘disgraceful’ situation.

“A coach and four is being driven through that community,” said Cllr Kilcoyne.

He said people were going to have to travel significantly out of their way in order to get to schools, funerals and the local cemetery. Cllr Kilcoyne said he was baffled that locals could not be accommodated as part of a major project that is expected to cost up to €241m.

“It is unacceptable,” said Fianna Fáil councillor Blackie Gavin. “It’s disgraceful behaviour the way these people are being treated,” he added.

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By Keith Bourke
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