May 19th, 2008 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen questioned today why Ennis Town Council did not stipulate in the contract to upgrade the Corrovorrin Railway Bridge and the Sewer infrastructure on the R352 on the Tulla Road in Ennis that work on this project should be undertaken on a 24/7 basis.


“It is ridiculous in this day and age that there was no stipulation in the contract for this project that work be undertaken on a 24/7 basis. This is a strategic route and there has been a dramatic impact for businesses in the area, many of whom are facing closure if urgent action is not taken. It is not good enough while businesses face closure that the machines were sitting idle for the weekend”.

“There is no excuse as any additional costs for overtime etc could have been included in the original contract.”.

“I am now demanding that Ennis Town Council and the Contractors immediately review this situation.”

” While this is a complicated contract with the Railway Bridge and the sewer infrastructure nevertheless Iarnroad Eireann have experience in fast racking similar projects, more consultation should have taken place in the first place given how serious the implications that this ongoing work is having on the business community.”