‘Road now a major safety issue’

Fine Gael councillor Liam Callaghan says that the state of the N5 road from Strokestown to Tibohine is posing major safety issues for residents, motorists and businesses on a daily basis.

  Cllr. Callaghan said that there have been two fatalities on this stretch of road this month.

  “There is a huge increase of traffic on this road – and in particular heavy goods vehicles. The stretch of road from Strokestown to Sheepwalk is particularly challenging, with most of it straight white line markings.

  “It is now time to put funding in place to complete the realignment of this road. It will be my main priority as a councillor to get a clear timeline on when these works will commence.”

  Cllr. Callaghan extended his sympathies to the family of the late Mickey O’Gara, who died following a collision at Sheepwalk earlier this month.

  “Mickey was a very popular member of the farming community. He was an excellent cattle man and he was always jovial and good-humoured.”

  Cllr. Callaghan said that it had been a particularly sad period in the Frenchpark/Ballinagare area with the sad and sudden death of young Katie Ryan from Drummin in Ballinagare. He offered his sympathy to her parents, Eamonn and Jackie, her brothers, sisters and extended family.