Five year wait for lights over

Cllr. Fiona O'Loughlin
The controversial public lights, promised to a Rathangan community, which were stalled for five years after the ESB lost the order, will now go ahead, despite initial indications the council would not be proceeding with them.

The controversial public lights, promised to a Rathangan community, which were stalled for five years after the ESB lost the order, will now go ahead, despite initial indications the council would not be proceeding with them.

Cllr. Fiona O’Loughlin, who gave the commitment five years ago, had demanded the council go ahead with the five lights. However, the council had decided the work would not be done because of the rural location. The final twist in the tale came at the Kildare Area Committee meeting last Wednesday April 16. Acting Director of Services, Sonya Kavanagh said the director had reviewed the matter and agreed that they should go ahead as a commitment had been given.

Cllr O’Loughlin said she very much appreciated the decision.

“This is a good news story. It is a success story. I appreciate that the review was carried out and the right decision was made,” she added.

Money had been paid to the ESB from Cllr. O’Loughlin’s discretionary grant to install the lights at Drumsru/Barnaran five years ago. The order was lost and the money was finally tracked down and returned to the council.

Then the council indicated the work would not be done because it would set a precedent for other rural locations and bring future maintenance costs. Speaking at the Kildare Area Committee meeting on March 20, the councillor said it took years to track the funds down.

She said this money was paid before the discretionary grants were abolished and a commitment had been made to the local community.

- Niamh O’Dononghue