Coun­cil­lor wants growth cut

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Seán O’Rior­dan

Ir­ish Rail is to be told to smarten up its act as it hasn’t cut un­sightly growth along parts of the Cork-Cobh rail­way line.

Cllr Cathal Ras­mussen raised the is­sue at a meet­ing of the Cobh-Glan­mire Mu­nic­i­pal District Coun­cil and re­ceived sup­port from col­leagues to write to the com­pany seek­ing ur­gent action.

He said the sit­u­a­tion was par­tic­u­larly bad at Rush­brooke rail­way sta­tion.

“There’s veg­e­ta­tion grow­ing over the walls onto the road near Rush­brooke sta­tion and along the road op­po­site the dock­yard. It is now very un­sightly and dan­ger­ous.”

He pointed out buses were hav­ing to cross to the op­po­site side of the road to avoid hit­ting out­crops of branches and veg­e­ta­tion.

“I know a few years ago they cut it back. But we need to get them to put a pro­gramme in place and main­tain it. There’s also an area along the Five Foot Way [close to Cobh rail­way sta­tion]. It is dan­ger­ous as well as un­sightly.”

His com­ments prompted Cllr Padraig O’Sul­li­van to wade into the de­bate.

He said ex­ces­sive veg­e­ta­tion growth was also ev­i­dent around Lit­tle Is­land rail­way sta­tion area.

“They need to get it cleaned up, it is atro­cious,” Cllr O’Sul­li­van said.

Mu­nic­i­pal district of­fi­cer Paraig Lynch said he had writ­ten to Ir­ish Rail on three pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions and hadn’t re­ceived a re­ply.

“That’s dis­grace­ful,” An­thony Barry de­clared.

Cllr Kieran McCarthy said he was re­cently in­formed some train ser­vices to and from Cobh were can­celled due to a lack of driv­ers and asked the coun­cil to also seek clar­ity from Ir­ish Rail on that par­tic­u­lar is­sue. Cllr

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