Anger grows over road of 100 potholes

Michael McHugh

Reporter:

Michael McHugh

A public meeting was due to be held last night for a road dubbed by locals as the ‘road of a 100 potholes’. The meeting follows what residents claim is a huge deterioration in a section of the Castlefin Road outside Raphoe.

A public meeting was due to be held last night for a road dubbed by locals as the ‘road of a 100 potholes’. The meeting follows what residents claim is a huge deterioration in a section of the Castlefin Road outside Raphoe.

Residents say there are now over 100 potholes on the three mile stretch of road between Magherahann to Shanagh and that work to complete improvements to the road has not been done. Last night’s meeting was arranged by Kathleen Neilis.

Local councillor Frank McBrearty says that the neglect of roads within the Stranorlar Electoral area goes back to the previous times when he claims that roads money was always travelling in the direction of Letterkenny to the detriment of Raphoe, one of the busiest commercial towns in the country. This was when Raphoe, St Johnston and Lifford formed part of the Letterkenny Electoral Area.

He said that as a result of support from Cllr Gerry Crawford he was able to agree with the three other councillors from the electoral area for an extra 25,000 euro for the stretch of road, but that each councillor was fighting for roads that came within their own local area.

Priority areas

It is understood that at the Stranorlar Electoral meeting in February the area’s road budget for the year 2011 of 1.5 million euro was discussed at length with priority areas identified.

It was also accepted by the local councillors that it was the worst affected Electora Area in terms of road damage due to the horrendous winter weather.

Cllr McBrearty said that he ended up in hot water as a result of the strength of feeling he expressed about the neglect of roads within the Electoral Area at previous full meetings of Donegal County Council.

“It is there on the public record for everybody to see and read,” he pointed out.

“People know who made the promises and did not keep them.”