No sign of E for Ead(e)stown

EIGHT months have passed and Eadestown is still being shortchanged by the local authority.

EIGHT months have passed and Eadestown is still being shortchanged by the local authority.

In a different context looking for E might tend to land you in trouble but this is different.

The final E in the townsland, near Naas, is still missing from two directional signs put up in the area by Kildare County Council.

And Cllr. Willie Callaghan is not happy – not least because he demanded that the road signs be changed last July.

When an official reply that a recently appointed engineer was not present at a Kildare County Council meeting last week (April 19) to provide information, Cllr. Callaghan thundered: “We don’t need a senior engineer to come to a meeting to tell us that two signs are spelt incorrectly. That would be a waste of time. This is a simple job and people are annoyed over it.”

However he was told that there was the little matter of waiting in the queue that had to be attended to. Kildare County Council official Eamonn O’Sullivan said that signs are “subject to national procurement.”

More than these have to be replaced across the county and “we can’t cherry pick these two.”

Mr. O’Sullivan didn’t say whether the queue was organised along alphabetical lines – which would put Eadestown ahead of say, Walterstown in Nurney, - or whether it’s being tackled along first-come-first-served lines. Maybe the larger the number of errors per sign the sooner it’ll be replaced.

But Cllr. Callaghan is not a man to stand in a queue for too long and is apparently prepared to grab the nearest shovel and roll up his sleeves. He suggested he would put up the signs himself. He has offered to pay for the cost of replacing the signs from his discretionary fund (relatively smalls sums of council money which councillors can decide to spend on their preferred projects).