"State of Tullaghan to Kinlough road caused €6k damage to my car" - Cllr

"State of Tullaghan to Kinlough road caused €6k damage to my car" - Cllr

A county councillor has called for action on the Tullaghan to Kinlough road, saying protruding rocks caused €6,000 worth of damage to his own car.

Cllr Felim Gurn, an Independent member of Leitrim County Council raised the issue at a recent meeting of Manorhamilton Municipal District.

He said both the L2063 Tullaghan to Kinlough Road and the R282 Manorhamilton to Kiltyclogher Road need urgent attention.

The condition of the verges on these routes, he explained, is poor, with overgrown hedges and protruding rocks.

As a result, "thousands of euros worth of damage" is being done to cars when motorists have to pull onto the verge to avoid oncoming traffic on the narrow roads.

Speaking specifically about the Tullaghan to Kinlough road, he said this was exactly what happened to him on a recent journey. His own car, he said, hit a rock sticking out of a ditch, with €6,000 worth of damage done.

“I could not believe the state of the road," Cllr Gurn said. "The verge was basically missing from most of it.

“The hedges are totally overgrown and there are rocks sticking out of the banks which cause damage to cars when they have to pull in to avoid oncoming traffic."

His motion was supported by Cllrs Justin Warnock and Sean McDermott, who said the Manorhamilton to Garrison road also needs to be looked at for the same reasons.

The senior roads enginsaid the roads would be assessed and road edge markings installed, if needed. Cllr Gurn asked that, in the meantime, signs be erected warning motorists to slow down.