For this week’s Sunday Video Feature. We took a trip down to Abbeyknockmoy, to visit those residents affected by the recent roadworks.
Here we met, Farm safety ambassador and IFA rep, Peter Gohery who told us of some of the troubles facing the locals. The N63 redevelopment has left the surrounding areas of many homes in ruins, while farmers have also been badly affected. It was carried out under a scheme part of the Gort-Tuam residual networks group of schemes.
We hear from Horse owner and local, Maria, who tells us of her trouble at trying to get equine fencing put in place of a wall removed by the council. She was told that equine fencing would poison her stock, while it was insisted that she did not even own horses.
Another two residents, Micheál and Ned, also spoke to us and told us of their problems with the roadworks. Micheál explained the hardship he faced, when the council removed his cattle crush, without erecting another.
Ned spoke of the water in the area being affected and turned off on locals on more than one occasion over the Christmas period. He also added that following the roadworks, the council are now insisting that any maintenance on water pipes off the N63, is not under their control and must be carried out by the local committee, out of their own pocket. He told us that works which previously cost them at the most €4,000, will now cost over €15,000.
Not only are the properties of the residents affected, but the state the road is currently in, means that is also of great danger to locals and children in the area. Upon driving down the road, the extent of the damage and dangers is obvious.
Farms, which previously never gathered water, are now flooded, while debris, traffic cones and rocks litter the roadside. The residents have had enough, while Peter Gohery and his accomplice TD Ann Rabbitte will continue to fight for justice and against the destruction of Abbeyknockmoy. Ann has been working tirelessly for the local residents, voicing their concerns on the regular. Many thanks to her for all her help on the day of filming and ongoing support for the locals.
Special thanks to Peter Gohery, TD Ann Rabbitte and the residents for taking part in this week’s feature. Have you a story which may be Sunday Video Feature worthy? Drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.