DOES size really matter, and if so, who has the longer one? Deputy Brian Stanley or cllr Tom Mulhall!
Cllr Mulhall is adamant that his in longer. Not so, said the Dáil deputy’s wife cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley.
Both councillors butted heads over the matter at the annual meeting of Laois Joint Policing Committee (JPC) last week.
The row erupted after the cathaoirleach Mulhall said that the JPC had received a submission from residents living near the Killimy/Coolbanagher/Emo junction on the R419. He said they were calling on the council to install traffic-calming measures at the location, for gardaí to enforce the speed limit and for a GoSafe speed detection van to be deployed because of speeding traffic.
Cllr Mulhall said that because it’s a straight stretch of roadway, some motorists tended to ignore the speed limit.
Replying, Superintendent Anthony Pettit said that the Road Policing Unit will increase the number patrols in the area and that a submission would be made to place a GoSafe van there, which he hoped would be put in place early in the New Year.
Local resident Kathleen, who was invited to address the meeting on the issue, said: “Living on that road is a death trap. There’s something waiting to happen. It’s a nightmare. There’s no speed limit from the top of the road down into Portarlington. The speed they are doing on it is something else. I appreciate the response from the superintendent.”
Deputy Stanley said that he was happy to hear that road safety measures would be addressed in the area, as up to eight local residents had contacted him about the issue.
“My list of residents onto me living in that area is longer,” asserted cllr Mulhall.
“Here. Don’t come with that. It’s not about the length of lists, it’s about safety measure for the residents,” said cllr Dwane Stanley.
“I won’t take that from you,” scolded cllr Mulhall.
“And I won’t take that from you either. I’m an elected public representative,” replied cllr Dwane Stanley.
“So am I,” responded cllr Mulhall, before matters calmed down, with no clear answer as to which man had the longer list.