Whelan Seeking Solution to Obelisk Bridge Closure
Aontú representative for the Laytown Bettystown electoral area, Peter Whelan, has proposed a solution to address residents' concerns with the proposed temporary closure of the Obelisk bridge in the area.
"I have been contacted by many concerned residents and motorists from the surrounding areas of the Obelisk bridge. This bridge is used on a daily basis by parents bringing children to and from school or football matches and training etc. It is also used by workers gaining access to and from work. The main reason this route is chosen is that it saves the motorists paying the excessive toll fees on the alternative route. Some parents told me that they can use the toll up to six times a day if they were to take the toll option.
Whelan goes on to say:
"Having been contacted all over the weekend by angry and frustrated constituents, I decided to ask our party leader for a meeting to discuss the ways possible to try alleviate as much pain as is possible for these people. Deputy Peadar Tóibín kindly did meet with me and we looked at many different options.
The only workable option that we identified is to issue electronic passes to residents within a 10km or a distance agreed to. With this in mind, my Party Leader has agreed to put a Parliamentary Question to minister Eamon Ryan asking him to do this for the duration of the closure. I hope the minister will listen to our proposal and give us the correct and fair answer that is required.
Peter Whelan: 0879419866