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Dispute over what council maintains ‘dangerous’ border boundary bridge

Pearse McGeough and border bridge
Cllr Pearse McGeough and the Monaghan-Louth border bridge. Photo Credit: Kathy Gilroy-Barry/Google Maps.

Sinn Féin councillor Pearse McGeough has called on a local authority – any local authority – to carry out safety measures on a bridge that straddles the border between Louth and Monaghan, along the N2.

The Castlebellingham-based representative tabled a motion at last Thursday’s Ardee Municipal District calling on Louth County Council, in conjunction with Monaghan County Council, to carry out safety measures on the bridge between Lannat Cross and Rose Cross.

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‘This bridge is extremely dangerous in its current state,’ the motion read. It passed through the meeting, despite council engineers disputing that the cross is even in county Louth. In a curt response to his motion, Director of Services for Planning and Infrastructure Frank Pentony wrote, ‘The bridge is in County Monaghan.’

“As you come round the bend from the N2 you come upon it very quickly and there is a hump in the road which can be very deceiving and dangerous,” Cllr McGeough told the meeting, who also disputed the assertion the bridge was in Monaghan, saying it fell on the border itself.

Engineer John O’Hagan said there were a number of bridges that have “effectively become borders” and told the meeting that there are agreements in place relating to certain bridges and who maintains them. He said he believed that bridge was maintained by the council in Monaghan.

It is understood that Cllr McGeough has since liaised with his fellow councillors in Monaghan Cllr Noel Keenan and Cllr Colm Carthy and said the issue will now be raised at the next Carrickmacross/Castleblayney Municipal District meeting.

“One way or another, this bridge needs to be at least looked at by engineers and to have safety measures assessed. It is a boundary issue,” the Cllr added.

Independent councillor Hugh Conlon said he hit the hump himself on an evening and said he would support the motion.

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