The road that serves Castlebar rugby club and the club’s car park have been left in a “deplorable condition” after being used in the construction of the new N5 dual carriageway that runs from Turlough to Westport.

That’s the view of Castlebar councillor Donna Sheridan who raised the issue at yesterday’s monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District and she said it is a disgrace and requires an immediate response.

However, she says that despite efforts by the rugby club and herself as a councillor to find out who is responsible for restoring the roads and car park to their condition prior to the dual carriageway road works taking place  - the Fine Gael councillor says it’s difficult to get answers and it remains unclear whether it’s the contractor , Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) or Mayo County Council that must now address the matter.

She argued it is not reasonable to expect a popular voluntary organisation, with a membership in excess of 400, to have to access their facilities now served by substandard roads.

Similarly she argues that it is completely unacceptable to remove a stone wall on the entrance to the village of Islandeady during the construction of the dual carriageway and not to re-instate it.

The Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District Michael Kilcoyne told councillors at yesterday’s meeting that Mayo County Council Management have extended an invitation to the contractor of the dual carriageway, to TII and to local councillors and community representative on site at Islandeady on Wednesday afternoon next, to discuss the failure to restore the stone wall there and he suggested that the situation at the rugby club could also be discussed.

Cllr Sheridan spoke to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about the frustration and anger over how the roads serving Castlebar rugby club and car park have been left, now that a new dual carriageway is in place...


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