Councillors clash in chamber over Collooney N4 projects: Should it be an overpass, work on underpass . . . or both?

Two Sligo councillors who are running for reelection found themselves clashing at this week’s council meeting over work to be done in Collooney.

Independent Alliance Councillor Marie Casserly proposed that the council seek funding to improve pedestrian and cyclisit safety at the roundabout at Collooney, with particular attention be given to improving an underpass beneath the N4 dual carriageway.

But Sinn Fein Councillor Thomas Healy said he did not want the ongoing effort diluted to provide a pedestrian by-pass over the N4 at Colloney.

He said he had asked Cllr Casserly to withdraw her motion, adding that it was clear from a public meeting that people want the effort to focus to be on getting the pedestrian bridge over the N4.

Cllr Casserly explained why she put down the motion, which was agreed after it was amended to remove references to the roundabout, and leaving in the call for improvement to the underpass.

Cllr Healy explained why he objected to part of Casserly’s motion.