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Ross bid to grab Enniscorthy roads’ cash

| April 18, 2014

New Ross District councillors want to ‘steal’ road repair cash from the Enniscorthy area to pay for repairs to roads which have moved into their electoral area as a result of boundary changes.

But angry councillors from Enniscorthy issued a firm ‘hands off our cash’ message to their New Ross colleagues at Monday’s Council meeting.

The issue arose because a number of rural areas including Rathnure, Killane, Taghmon and Camross are moving into New Ross and Cllr .Denis Kennedy said many of the roads he had encountered around Rathnure were in a terrible state.

But he warned that New Ross councillors would not have the money to do the work unless cash was transferred from Ennisocrthy.

But Cllr. Paddy Kavanagh said new areas were coming into the Enniscorthy District as well and there would be no spare cash to transfer.

Cllr Kathleen Codd Nolan said Cllr Kennedy’s assessment of the situation in Rathnure was proof of what she had been saying for ten years.

Additional funds needed to be spent in the area.

But Cllr. Malcolm Byrne said that at least in these areas they had roads, in some parts of the Gorey District the road surfaces had completely disappeared.

But Director of Services Eamon Hore said the roads money was allocated between the various districts on the basis of the exact amount of roadways they had to look after.

However, there was one happy councillor at the meeting. Oliver Walsh welcomed the work currently taking place in Ballymurn village.

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