Limerick losing tourist trade over storm-struck road signs

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Fine Gael election candidate for the Rathkeale/ Adare area, Tom Neville, calls on the County Council to fix road signs pointing in the wrong directions
Fine Gael election candidate for the Rathkeale/ Adare area, Tom Neville, calls on the County Council to fix road signs pointing in the wrong directions

STORM Darwin has long since lost all its huff and puff but the devastating storm that struck in February is still playing havoc in parts of West Limerick.

With signage blown hither and thither during the storm force winds, one issue is still blowing up a gale on County Limerick roads. Tourists are being thrown off course by road signs pointing every which way but the right one and taking them miles off course.

According to Fine Gael election candidate for the Rathkeale/Adare electoral area, Tom Neville, signs throughout the county are pointing in “obscure directions” as a result of the high winds.

He insists correct road signage is a “fundamental right” of the people who pay their road tax and he is calling on Limerick County Council to immediately address the problem.

“The country road I live on in Croagh does not take you directly to Rathkeale or Tralee as is currently signposted. This local road connects the main Rathkeale/Adare road to the Croom/ Rathkeale road. It is also laughable that the same signpost for Adare and Limerick is pointing into a ditch,” claimed Mr Neville.

“It’s extremely frustrating trying to locate places when going to matches, funerals and weddings. People who are not from the area rely on accurate signage to get to their destination and it leaves a negative reflection of the local authority when signage is inaccurate,” he said.

“It’s all part of the package in promoting a positive perception of the county so as more will visit. The last thing we need is tourists leaving with a shoddy perception of a basic service which is extremely simple to get right” he concluded.