Misplacement of signage in N61/Bogganfin area
Malachy Hand, Fianna Fáil Local Election candidate for South Roscommon, has been asked repeatedly by constituents on the doorstep to immediately seek the relocation of a sign to its proper geographical location and the reassurance from Roscommon County Council that no part of County Roscommon has been given over to Co. Westmeath after the recent erection of a sign ‘Welcome to County Roscommon’ on the roadside a considerable distance out onto the N61/Bogganfin area.
“This sign should be relocated back down the road towards Athlone!” one resident protested, as she queried the wisdom and logic of the location of this sign, seen by locals as an apparent indication to passers-by that they are somehow passing over a border from Westmeath into Co. Roscommon at this precise juncture.
Mr. Hand said: “While there are clearly established political boundaries for both urban and county, controversy has raged in relation to attempts by Westmeath County Council to annex areas, incorporating Monksland into the Athlone Urban area, thereby reducing revenue presently flowing to Roscommon County Council.
“The positioning of this sign is causing acute concern for the residents of South Roscommon living in the Monksland, Bogganfin, Barrybeg, Hill of Berries and Barrymore areas”, said Malachy.
“I am seeking an update from Roscommon County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland as to the status of this signage on the N61”, concluded Malachy.