Utilities companies need to take responsibility for manholes, not local authorities.
That's according to Cllr Clifford Kelly who has called on Cavan County Council to write to Irish Water, Eircom, and others advising them of their responsibilities when it comes to maintenance of the infrastructure.
Speaking to Shannonside Northern Sound, Cllr Kelly said manholes are dipping on roads causing damage to cars while people are being injured from their presence on footpaths.
He says the companies involved should be maintaining them, at the very least, and the time has come to remind them to do that.
Cllr Kelly added that manholes were being left in a "dangerous condition", particularly on footpaths and it was a development that had become "unacceptable".
"I see on the Carrick Road [Kingscourt] there is one that has been redone on a number of occasions. Now, if the quality of work was taking place and the works were being carried out properly, there wouldn't be a problem with them."I think the Council has to look seriously at making these utilities companies pay the cost of maintaining the manholes," he said.