Councillor wants growth cut
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