Illegal signage on Donegal’s roads “a big problem”

Illegal signage on Donegal’s roads “a big problem”
Illegal signs on or near roundabouts is a “big problem” in Donegal an NRA official has confirmed.

Illegal signs on or near roundabouts is a “big problem” in Donegal an NRA official has confirmed.

Damian McDermott of the National Road Design Office told members of the Donegal Electoral Area Committee that he would carry out a review of signage here following submissions made to him at a meeting last Wednesday in Donegal Town.

He said the issue of illegal signage had already been prioritised. “Illegal signage is a big problem at all the roundabouts.

“We don’t mind signs going up and coming down if there’s something happening in the town but we have an issue with unauthorised signs just going up to advertise something and staying there.”

He also outlined the policy regarding brown and white tourism signs. “There is a stringent national policy for these because too much information on a sign or too many signs can be confusing. We discuss the tourism signs with Bord Failte and they are very limited to a few of the biggest attractions we have.”

Cllr. Barry O’Neill (FG) said the number of signs wasn’t the issue. “The content is what is annoying people in Ballyshannon and Bundoran. There was a commitment when the bypass was being built that the two towns would have proper signage. But the signs on the N15 are for Belleek Pottery and Lough Erne, not a mention of Ballyshannon being a Heritage Town, Celtic Weave or Bundoran’s Waterworld.