An ambulance taking an appendix patient from Cherrybrook estate Ardee was so hindered by potholes the paramedics had to order it to stop.
A 19-year-old man was being rushed to hospital where a medical team was on standby, but the paramedics had to tell the driver of the ambulance to stop because they could not administer painkillers to their patient.
Fine Gael councillor Dolores Minogue said the road surface problem on this estate has been going on for 35 years and it is time something was done about it.
“The estate is not the responsibility of the council, but there is a moral responsibility here. We need to get our moral compass right and get this road fixed.
“The only work that has been done to it over the years has been ashes that people have used from their own fires.
“Nobody has taken any responsibility for it. If anything had happened to that young person it could have been a tragedy and a scandal.”
“There was a meeting of the residents on Friday night last, and it was clear they are very disappointed with local politicians and developers. They feel very let down and I would have to agree with them.
“They are not the only estate facing this kind of problem. They are however the oldest and the most in need of help. This was brought to my ttention by the residents and I raised it at a town council meeting,” Cllr Minogue said.
At the town council meeting on Wednesday of last week officials said there has been no request for the council to take over the estate and even if there was, repairs would depend on funding.
Cllr Pearse McGeough said the situation at Cherrybrook reflected an attitute that prevailed in the county for some time.
“Bonds were not properly used,” he said, “and builders and developers got away with murder. There was a lot of shoddy dealing.
“I know the residents are angry. It’s not a simple issue, but it does need to be fixed.
Cllr Fintan Malone said a percentage of the property tax should be spent on carrying out repairs or finishing work on estates that have not been finished.
Cllr Finnan McCoy also pointed out that the residents have not applied for the estate to be taken over by the county council.
But he supported the plea of his party colleague Cllr Minogue and asked that money from the roads programme be put into the estate.
“They have had the same problem up at Rockfield,” he said.