Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Cavan-Monaghan Cllr. Niamh Smyth has received assurances from Cavan County Council that work will be carried out at a housing estate in Cavan Town to ensure that lights and footpaths are fixed.

Residents in Drumgola Woods have been waiting over eight years for the work to be completed.

Cllr. Smyth commented, “I met with residents in Drumgola Woods while out canvassing last weekend.  They are extremely frustrated with the situation in the estate, which has been ongoing for almost a decade.  The Council has put poles in place but has failed to add the lights.  Not only does the lack of lighting pose a safety threat, opportunistic criminals could take advantage of the situation.  Residents are understandably angry.

“I have been in touch with Cavan County Council which now claims to have come to an agreement with the contractor to complete the works.  I will be following up with the Council to ensure that this work is carried out.

“These residents have every right to be angry.  They have paid property tax for the past three years and essentially have had nothing in return.  This money is supposed to be spent on some of the services that the council would otherwise provide, including keeping the grounds, maintaining the roads and paths, maintaining public lighting and managing public parking.  What’s actually happening is that this money is going to beef up the Irish Water superquango.

“There is a responsibility on the Council to ensure that Drumgola Woods is secure and safe.  At the moment this is not the case.  I will be continuing to pursue the Council to ensure that this work is carried out without delay”.