Councillors told it will take 29 years to complete all road improvements in Sligo

When it comes to maintaining roads in County Sligo, a councillor says it’s ‘an absolute crisis’ with ‘nobody listening.’

Fianna Fail Councillor Seamus Kilgannon made the claim at a council meeting this week during a discussion on roads and funding.

A council engineer told councillors there were 1,250 kilometres of road that required strengthening and the council was doing 42 kilometres this year.

He said that at this rate, it would take 29 years to do the work — at the current rate of funding.

There was also a 16-year backlog on roads that needed surface dressing — and that was assuming there was no deterioration.

Independent Councillor Margaret Gormey says it’s a particularly serious issue for rural areas such as Tubbercurry, Ballymote and West Sligo: