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Galway TD slams Minister after being forced to drive on wrong side of road

An East Galway TD has hit out at the government for a lack of investment in roads in parts of East Galway.

Deputy Anne Rabbitte said that she had to drive on the wrong side of the road on Monday, because of the severity of the potholes on a road in the east of the county.

Speaking in the Dáil yesterday, Anne Rabbitte spoke about visiting families in Drim, Loughrea, an area in which the roads are particularly poor.

“Yesterday afternoon I went out to visit people in a place called Drim, Ballynakill, Lughrea County Galway. And on the stretch of road between the R351 and the R353, there’s 130 houses.

“Now in order when I came off the Gort road to go down to meet them in the local national school, I literally had to drive on the wrong side of the road. That I am not telling you one word of a lie.

“Because the potholes on the left hand side of the road were so deep it was unbelievable because of the flow from Slieve Aughty mountains.

“But when I arrived in the local national school, you wouldn’t believe it, there was 53 families there to meet me. It was one of the biggest crowds I’ve walked into on a Monday afternoon at three o’clock in the day. Those families protested in relation to the lack of funding and investment in the roads,” the Fianna Fáil TD said.

Deputy Anne Rabbitt urged the Minister to provide emergency funding for roads which she said was needed for all of east Galway.

Michael Malone
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