Overgrown hedgerows putting motorists at risk

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Cllr Richard O’Donoghue at Morenane Cross after the roadside had been trimmed and visibility at the junction restored.
Cllr Richard O’Donoghue at Morenane Cross after the roadside had been trimmed and visibility at the junction restored.

A LOCAL councillor in the Adare-Rathkeale district, who works as a self-employed building contractor in his day job, was forced to send one of his own employees to cut hedgerows at Morenane Cross, Granagh following a number of near-misses and complaints from local residents.

Cllr Richard O’Donoghue (FF) says he was compelled to take action following countless representations to Limerick City and County Council’s Roads Department.

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“The roads engineers have been extremely helpful to me over the past twelve months. I cannot speak highly enough of them in their professionalism and their cooperation with me but they simply do not have the resources to deal with issues as they arise and a plan needs to be put in place address this serious matter,” he said.

According to Cllr O’Donoghue, there have been a number of road traffic accidents at Lee’s Cross and at Morenane Cross over the past two weeks, and the overgrown hedgerows at both junctions were a contributory factor.

He says he felt obliged to act when there was another near-miss at Morenane Cross on Thursday last .

“It would have been another three or four days before Limerick City and County Council could have got to it so I had to get one of my lads to strim the grass at Morenane Cross. The people of County Limerick deserve a better road service,” concluded Cllr O’Donoghue.