Con­cerns over lethal stretch

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Con­cerns over the state of the

R294 Tub­ber­curry to Boyle road at Mul­linabreena were raised at the County Coun­cil meet­ing.

The road which con­nects Boyle in County Roscom­mon to Bal­lina in County Mayo via Tub­ber­curry was de­scribed as dan­ger­ous in sev­eral sec­tions as it passes through south Sligo.

Cllr Dara Mul­vey said he was aware of numer­ous near misses on the road par­tic­u­larly at a sec­tion near Leitrim South out­side Tub­ber­curry.

He said that it has now got to a stage that peo­ple try­ing to get out onto the road from Leitrim South have to turn off their cars to hear of cars ap­proach­ing along the R294, such is the speed of some mo­torists at this stretch. He called for a speed counter to be in­stalled.

Cllr Mar­garet Gorm­ley said that the length of the R294 was 64.5 kilo­me­tres and that 52.4 kilo­me­tres were in County Sligo.

She said meet­ings had taken place in the past with Sligo, Mayo and Roscom­mon County Coun­cils in re­la­tion to im­prove­ment works on the R294.

Cllr Gorm­ley said some im­prove­ments were made since the 2004 meet­ing, but stressed that an­other meet­ing may be re­quired now to en­sure fund­ing is al­lo­cated to up­grade cer­tain sec­tions, par­tic­u­larly at Mul­linabreena South which the coun­cil­lor de­scribed as “ex­tremely nar­row”.

Cllr Jerry Lundy agreed that im­prove­ments were needed, and said his par­tic­u­lar con­cern was a stretch from Tub­ber­curry Golf Club to Ogham­baun which he de­scribed as a “very im­por­tant is­sue” for the lo­cal area.

He agreed that an­other joint meet­ing be­tween the three coun­cils should take place.

Re­spond­ing to the mo­tion, Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices Tom Kil­feather said that he would in­ves­ti­gate Cllr Mul­vey’s query of a speed counter and if a so­lu­tion could be found an ap­pli­ca­tion would be lodged for fund­ing.

On road im­prove­ments, how­ever, Mr Kil­feather said it would be dif­fi­cult to get fund­ing as the pre­vi­ous scheme has been sus­pended, but said the coun­cil would make con­tact with Mayo and Roscom­mon County Coun­cils in or­der to make a joint ap­pli­ca­tion.

Sligo County Coun­cil work­ers clear­ing trees dur­ing Storm Ophe­lia.

Cllr Dara Mul­vey

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