Call To Keep West Clare Roads In Order For Tourist Traffic

A West Clare Councillor feels it’s crucial to keep the area’s road infrastructure in order for the high level of tourist traffic they see.

It comes as Transport Infrastructure Ireland has granted €2 million to Clare County Council for road repairs.


This year saw TII hand out a total of €136 million euro to local authorities across the country to bring roads up to standard.

Of that, just over €2 million has been awarded to Clare for a number of projects.

A large proportion of the fund goes towards normal maintenance of the county’s roads, while some of it will go towards specific problem areas that have been identified.

Clare’s senior county engineer Tom Tiernan says planning for some of these projects has already begun.

Meanwhile, half a million has been designated for works to be carried out are in tourist hot spots in Clare.

€100,000 has been allocated to the notorious Blake’s Corner in Ennistymon, which forms part of the route towards the Cliffs of Moher.

A further €400,000 will go towards surface improvements at Grattan Street, Kilkee – while minor works on the access road to Shannon Airport will be carried out too.

West Clare Fine Gael Councillor Gabriel Keating says Grattan Street has long been in need of repair and it’s vital they put their best foot forward for the thousands of visitors each year.