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TII under fire over refusal to meet local councillors on road safety issues

Dec 3, 2021 13:12 By Shannonside News
TII under fire over refusal to meet local councillors on road safety issues TII under fire over refusal to meet local councillors on road safety issues
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Councillors are planning to seek legal advice on the issue.

A state transport body has been accused of treating Councillors in south Roscommon with "utter contempt".

Members of Athlone M.D are to seek legal advice after Transport Infrastructure Ireland confirmed it will not meet with members to discuss road safety issues.

South Roscommon Councillors have hit out at the decision by the TII to reject an invitation to meet with them to discuss road safety issues in the M.D

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The Councillors had written to the state transport body to raise matters of concern on the N6.

However, the November meeting of the LEA was told, through correspondence, that the State transport body claimed that it would be happy to meet the full Council or senior representatives, but is "not in a position to facilitate meetings with individual Municipal Districts".

Councillor John Keogh claimed that the response showed "utter contempt" to elected representatives and that if they won't come voluntarily, perhaps they should be "dragged to meetings".

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Councillor Tony Ward suggested that the response may give the impression TII was not interested in road safety, and Councillor Donal Kilduff said he was "disgusted" by the letter and the Athlone M.D was disrespected by the TII.

The meeting heard that road concerns in south Roscommon were not the same as the rest of the country and that a letter would be sent to the TII from the M.D suggesting the transport body attends a full Council meeting.

A proposal from John Keogh was also supported that legal advice would be sought to ascertain if the TII can legally refuse to meet M.Ds.

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