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Transport Minister invited to view 'atrocious state' of Monaghan's roads

Mar 10, 2022 12:03 By News Northern Sound
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Seamus Coyle said he knows of a "woman who is in tears about the poor condition of the roads".

The Transport Minister has been invited by Monaghan councillors to visit the county to see the "atrocious state of the roads".

Meanwhile, councillors expressed frustration with the N2 Castleblayney to Ardee scheme and questioned if "meaningful discussions with landowners can take place when we don't know if we are getting funding".

At a recent Monaghan County Council meeting, Seamus Coyle said he knows of a "woman who is in tears about the poor condition of the roads".

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He called the some of the local roads in the county "atrocious" and passed a motion seeking the Transport Minister, Eamon Ryan, to allocate additional funding for road restoration works in 2022.

Councillor Coyle also invited Minister Ryan "to come to Monaghan and travel these terrible roads".

Elsewhere, PJ O'Hanlon expressed frustration regarding the N2 Roads Scheme and questioned the merits of holding discussions with landowners "when we do not know if we are getting funding" for the Castleblayney to Ardee scheme.

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Noel Keelan meanwhile expressed dismay that housing developments have been put on hold while a final design is prepared, and voiced concern that the scheme could be "shelved" like the Clontibret to the Border project.

Councillor O'Hanlon said it was "wrong for €3 million of taxpayer's money to be wasted on the Clontibret to the Border scheme", but Sinn Féin's Sean Conlon said "it was the government that wasted this money".

Director of Transportation, Patricia Monahan, told the meeting she wanted "to make it clear that we do have funding for this year".

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She added that the design has been slightly delayed but will be finalised by quarter three of this year and that the council will be meeting with landowners face-to-face.

But PJ O'Hanlon again questioned if "we can sit down with people, telling them we might or might not need their land".

Patricia Monahan said allocations are administered on an annual basis and that "we know as much as we can know".

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Councillor David Maxell told the meeting in "an ideal world, the department would give the funding up front, but we have to work on year-to-year basis", but PJ O'Hanlon said the Department's funding system is all wrong.

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