Residents of County Limerick estate fear children could be hurt on “treacherous” roadway

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

A COUNTY Limerick mother who says she fears a child will fall into an uncovered manhole outside her home has called on Limerick County Council to rectify the “treacherous” situation.

A COUNTY Limerick mother who says she fears a child will fall into an uncovered manhole outside her home has called on Limerick County Council to rectify the “treacherous” situation.

Eileen O’Shea who is a resident of Lissoleem Estate in Bruree says she has been fighting for seven years to get the road finished outside her home “but it’s like I’m fighting a losing battle”.

“It’s brutal. There are manhole covers up out of the ground. You know the way a child drowned up the country, well children can lift up a manhole cover near my house and they can go down into the manhole – it’s treacherous,” said Eileen who has two children Jack, 8, and Molly, 4.

“I built my house in 2004.

We are all paying big mortgages here. When I did finish the house I thought the estate was going to be finished. It’s just scandalous – I can’t believe what’s happening up here. It’s just disgraceful - any one of the children can fall and break their hands or legs, anything,” she added.

The issue of the condition of services at the estate which is made up of nine houses, was raised at a Kilmallock area meeting as a result of the uncertainty surrounding the status of the road, with councillors unsure if it is a private road or is within the remit or Limerick County Council. 

Gerry O’Connor, area office engineer explained that planning permissions were issued for each house individually.

“In terms of an overall permission for services, one doesn’t exist. They are individual houses. I don’t know how it happened – that’s just the way it is,” he said.

“We have a situation now where there is no planning permission for the estate roads or for the services, obviously there is no bond. Costing was put on it last year at something in the region of €120,000 to bring it up to a satisfactory standard,” he added.

The meeting heard that €40,000 has been allocated to date and some of that money has been spent.