Sharkey calls for council report into condition of Louth's 3rd class roads

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Sharkey calls for council report into condition of Louth's 3rd class roads
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Councillor Tomás Sharkey wants the management of Louth County Council to compile a report on the condition of Louth's 3rd Class roads in order to make a case to central government for funding to repair them.

"There are approximately 380 kilometres of 3rd class roads in Louth”, Sharkey stated on Monday.

“Throughout the economic crisis these roads have not received maintenance never mind improvement. Thousands of families live on these smaller and often cul de sac roads.

“I have met with residents across Louth who are fed up avoiding potholes on their way in and out of their homes. Farmers have been notified that dairy lorries will not travel substandard roads.

“Children are unable to walk for school buses in some instances because the road surface is so bad. I have asked council officials to prepare a dossier of our roads. I want us to be in a position to make the case with central government for additional funding in 2017.

"The onus is on the Fine Gael minority government and their Fianna Fáil masters to formulate a budget that guarantees our roads are in an acceptable condition."