Fencing to be repaired on the N18 parallel to the Drumline/Newmarket on Fergus Road – BREEN.

September 3rd, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has today (Monday) welcomed the news that funding will be provided to repair the fencing along the N18 parallel to the Drumline/Newmarket on Fergus Road which he said was “erected a number of years ago and which is now is a bad state of repair.”

“The timber fencing along this section of the N18 parallel to the Drumlin/Newmarket on Fergus Road was erected a number of years ago and it acted as a visual screen between the road at Drumline and the N18. A significant amount of planting has taken place along this section but it will be a number of years before these trees and plants are fully matured. In the meantime, the timber fencing has fallen into a bad state of repair, several of the panels are missing and it has become an eyesore. It is a very bad sight for tourists to see just after arriving into Shannon International Airport or indeed or any road users who travel along this stretch.”

“There was confusion over whether or not the NRA would fund the repair of this fence and when I asked my colleague Sixmilebridge Fine Gael Councillor John Crowe to raise the matter by motion at a Shannon Electoral Area Meeting on the 18th May 2010, last, he was advised that additional resources had been requested from the NRA, to repair the fence. However, following representations to the NRA, I was advised by Fred Barry, Chief Executive, NRA, that while €189,300 had been allocated to Clare County Council this year for the update of the National Primary Motorway Maintenance Programme that they had no record of any correspondence seeking additional funding from Clare County Council. Now I have received correspondence again from Fred Barry, CEO confirming that having investigated this matter further, that funding will be provided for the repair of the fence.”

“I welcome the fact that this matter has now been clarified and I hope that the work on repairing the fence will start at the earliest opportunity.”