Driving into ‘badlands' on the way to Bandon

April 7th, 2016 6:22 PM

By Kieran O'Mahony

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AT a recent meeting of Bandon Kinsale Municipal District, the condition of the surface of the N71 approaching Bandon was raised by newly co-opted Cllr Gillian Coughlan. 

Cllr Coughlan said that when drivers leave Innishannon, they are driving into the ‘badlands’ when approaching Bandon, as the surface is so rough.

Senior Council executive engineer Charlie McCarthy said that the TII (formerly NRA) is proposing to do works in 2016 and said he would be hopeful that repairs to the surface would take place. 

Mr McCarthy also agreed that the road ‘absolutely needs resurfacing.’

At the meeting, councillors also welcomed Cllr Coughlan to her first meeting of the Municipal District.

Chairman Cllr James O’Donovan (FG) welcomed her and said she has done a lot of work for Bandon. 

Cllr Rachel McCarthy (SF) also welcomed Cllr Coughlan to the committee and said she had worked with Gillian for five years on Bandon Town Council and that Cllr Coughlan brings a lot to the table and she was glad to be back working with her.

Cllrs Tim Lombard and Kevin Murphy also added their words of welcome and congratulations to the new member. Cllr Coughlan thanked all the members for welcoming her to the Council.

Cllr Gillian Coughlan was recently co-opted onto Cork County Council following the election of Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony to Dáil Eireann, after February’s General Election.

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