Roads in Libya better than roads in Carrick, claims Carthy

11 March 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Revolution-ravaged Libya has roads in better condition than those in Carrickmacross because of damage inflicted by works to provide the South Monaghan town with a new sewerage system, Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy claimed at Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council.
The state of Carrick’s roads provoked a lively debate, with Co Council Director of Services Paul Clifford, who is also Carrickmacross Town Manager, taking strong issue with some of the comments made by the members.
Mr Clifford insisted that the town’s 2011 roads programme, to be unveiled at next Monday’s Town Council meeting, and a report to be delivered to the town councillors by engineers on the sewerage scheme, would address all the issues that had been raised by the area’s Co Council representatives.
Colr Carthy initiated discussion by referring to what he termed “the atrocious condition” of the Ardee Road in the town. Colr Carthy said he had received a large number of representations about the state of the road.
When Co Mayor Jackie Crowe told Colr Carthy that this issue could be raised at the forthcoming meeting of the South Monaghan Road Area Committee, the councillor responded that he had been watching TV recently and some of the roads in Libya were not as bad as those in Carrickmacross.
Hugh McElvaney: I hope you were not over in Libya, Matt.
Colr Carthy: They would not approve my visa application.
Mr Clifford pointed out that a programme for the reinstatement of roads would be presented to the members of Carrickmacross Town Council at their meeting on Monday next.
Colr Carthy thought the situation was so bad that it could not wait another week. It would not be accepted in other parts of the country, he claimed.
Colr McElvaney asked what recompense was available for members of the general public if their vehicle sustained damage while on a bad road.
Mr Clifford said if a road had deteriorated as a result of works carried out by a contractor or a local authority, the public could make a claim. They would obviously have to provide evidence to back it up. A claim could not be made in relation to damage caused by wear and tear on a road.
Mr Clifford also informed Colr McElvaney that such claims were sent in to Monaghan Co Council. He did not have information available at the meeting in relation to the number of claims the Council had paid.
Colr McElvaney thought such information should be forthcoming as it was of major interest to the general public.

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