Councillors take issue over County Limerick village’s unfinished footpath

Norma Prendiville

Reporter:

Norma Prendiville

Cllr Emmett O’Brien

Cllr Emmett O’Brien

AN unfinished path linking Kildimo to the Beer Garden pub continues to be a bone of contention for councillors in the area.

According to Cllr Emmett O’Brien, a  lot of money and time has been spent on the  footpath but a problem over a small bit of ground is holding up the completion of the project.

However, he claimed, councillors were still  getting the same response two and a half years later whenever they raised the matter.

“I think it is quite unsatisfactory,” he said at a meeting of Adare Rathkeale councillors. “We are getting fobbed off.” The footpath, he said, was now an eyesore and that was unacceptable.

“Is it too much for us to ask a simple question and expect the truth in reply rather than being fobbed off?” Cllr Kevin Sheahan demanded. They wanted to know if the job would be done in 2019 or not, he said, warning that somebody would be killed on the road. 

He accepted there was an issue of legal ownership of land in relation to the footpath but urged: “Try negotiations. If the carrot doesn’t work, we will have to get the stick.”

 “This is a pathway out to a rate-paying premises, a business that is being attacked left, right and centre by one minister, whatever bee he has in his bonnet about alcohol,” he continued. He described the minister he had in mind, Transport Minister Shane Ross, as “anti-rural”. “People laugh at the Healy Raes but they have been right all along. He is anti all things outside the Pale,” he added.