Calls for sheep grids on roads in upland and mountain areas in Sligo

There have been calls for sheep grids to be installed on roads in upland and mountain areas.

The grids are essentially bars in the road, similar to cattle grids, which prevents the animals from crossing the road, but allows people and vehicles to cross.

The aim of the grids is to keep sheep within a particular area.

Independent Councillor Michael Clarke made the call at this month’s meeting of Sligo County Council.

He said provision of the sheep grids would be at no cost to the council but he wanted the works to be agreed and supervised by the council’s local engineers.

A response from Senior Engineer Tom Brennan stated that any consideration regarding the provision of sheep grids on public roads would have to include consideration of the impact on the roadway and on road users.

He said it may be that provision of such facilities in a public road might not be compatible with its public use.

After the meeting, Cllr Clarke outlined to me the idea behind his motion on sheep grids.