Race on to fix Limerick roads after reports of major potholes on rural routes

Maria Flannery


Maria Flannery

A hole spotted in Adare this week

A hole spotted in Adare this week

LIMERICK City and County Council has said that crews are working within all available resources to repair damaged roads throughout Limerick, following reports of major potholes on rural routes.

Dozens of local people have taken to social media over the last week, to complain about burst tyres and damage to vehicles caused by deep holes and uneven surfaces.

A spokesperson for the council said that affected people may be eligible for compensation from the local authority, if damage is caused to their vehicle which is directly arising from road conditions.

“This winter has been particularly severe in terms of rainfall and frost which have damaged sections of Limerick’s road network. Limerick City and County Council is repairing roads within available budgets and resources,” said the spokesperson.

“The local authority is working on its roads maintenance programme and increased funding for 2018 following adoption of the budget by councillors. The grants for non-national roads will be announced shortly by the government.

“There is a procedure in place whereby an individual can claim compensation for damage sustained to a vehicle arising from road conditions. The process involves completion of a Small Claims Form setting out details of the incident,” explained the spokesperson.

“Each claim is investigated by a member of the council’s technical staff.  If the council is deemed to have a liability, then a settlement offer is made, less a deduction of 15 percent for betterment.

“However liability will be denied if, following investigation, it is determined that the damage resulted from inclement weather conditions and/or normal wear and tear of the roadway,” added the spokesperson.

Gardai attended incidents in Drombanna and Bruff in which vehicles suffered damage due to holes.