Council risk being sued if road not improved – Murphy

Strokestown area councillor Eugene Murphy this week claimed that if the R371 road from Rooskey to Scramogue Cross and on to Ballyleague is not improved, Roscommon County Council and the Department of Environment and Local Government could face major claims. According to Cllr. Murphy the volume of traffic, particularly heavy traffic, has caused major damage to boundary walls and possibly houses and also affected drainage, because most of the main drains along the route are partially blocked because heavy traffic is causing the brows of the road to be pushed in. Cllr. Murphy made his comment in light of an announcement by Roscommon County Council to close the R371 from Scramogue Cross to Ballyleague from 19th to 24th November for major repair work at Tooreen Bridge. ‘I welcome this work as it is something I have sought for the past three years. I feel this bridge was very dangerous in its present state, and now the Council is acting on the matter, but the overall state of this road is poor to say the least. It really is down to funding from the Department and I do sympathise with the Council in that regard.’ Cllr. Murphy also claimed that many residents had suffered damage because of flooding caused by the constant rising of the road, and the Authority would have to be allocated more money to deal with such issues. He also stated that the area at Ruane, Kilglass was very dangerous and needed to be prioritised as a matter of urgency.