Council urged to seek extension for road repair works in North Kerry

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Kerry County Council is being urged to seek an extension until the end of the year for road works to be carried out in North Kerry.

The poor condition of roads in the north of the county was raised at the Listowel Municipal District meeting this week.

Central government rules stipulate that road maintenance funding has to be used by November 30th.

Listowel Municipal District area engineer Declan O’Mahony said COVID-19 had delayed road repair works, but they had caught up to where they should be.

Cllrs raised concerns about the network across the municipal district, which they say has been deteriorating even further due to heavy rain in recent months.

Sinn Féin’s Tom Barry said the roads in North Kerry are deplorable, and it’s the poor relation in the county.

Fine Gael Cllr Aoife Thornton asked that the council request an extension to undertake improvement works up until the end of December instead of November.

Cllr Jimmy Moloney of Fianna Fáil said there should be a tracking system on requests for roads repairs, so that people would know when potholes would be filled.

He said the rule that national roads should be repaired within one week, and regional roads within two weeks wasn’t happening, and there has to be a better system of dealing with this.