Compromise hope on Monasterevin junction

KILDARE County Council has postponed a motion calling for the removal of the controversial concrete mass in Monasterevin.

KILDARE County Council has postponed a motion calling for the removal of the controversial concrete mass in Monasterevin.

Thirteen of the 25 councillors remaining in the Council chamber at the monthly meeting at Aras Cill Dara on Monday, 26 March, voted 7-6 against a motion by Cllr Suzanne Doyle calling for the removal of the concrete which some locals say was erected with consultation.

It was left to Mayor of Kildare, Cllr Michael Nolan, to use his casting vote to support a move by Cllr Seamie Moore to adjourn the motion, to see if some compromise can be made on the issue.

But County Manager, Michael Malone, said the work was expensive and he would not move it even if the Council passed the motion although he did suggest to Cllr Doyle she could put down a Section 140 ordering him to do so.

Director of Services Michael O’Leary and Mr Malone insisted that the mass concrete at the junction of Whelan Street and Main Street was necessary for pedestrian safety in the area.

Objectors say it is detracting from the heritage town and there were alternative safety moves.

Members of a protest group from Monasterevin were in the chamber for the debate and vote.