Republican News · Thursday 5 October 1999

[An Phoblacht]

Residents of Sligo estate begin second week of road protests

Residents of Rathedmond estate in Sligo have begun their second week of street protests in order to prevent through traffic from using their estate as a short cut. Their campaign was intensified on Monday night when they staged a protest outside City Hall in Sligo, where Sligo Corporation's monthly meeting took place.

Local Councillor, Sinn Fein's Arthur Gibbons, who took part in all last weeks protests, said that ``Sligo Corporation must initiate immediately the process of creating a cul-de-sac in Rathedmond. As far back as April, Sligo Corporation adopted a motion, proposed by myself, calling for such a cul-de-sac to be put in place and it is inexcusable that officials have failed to act upon this motion as of yet.''

``The continued use of this estate by Heavy Goods Vehicles travelling to and from nearby Finisklin Industrial estate and by motorists taking a short cut is putting the lives and safety of children in the estate at great risk, as well as damaging roads and footpaths in the area also,'' he concluded.

For years, residents of this estate have been calling for an end to their estate being used as a short cut for traffic. At peak times the volume of traffic in the estate is heavier than that on O'Connell Street in Sligo. Beginning on Monday, 25 September, local residents have staged daily protests at peak times on the entrance roads into the estate, where they have parked their cars on both sides of the road in order to slow down and make it as difficult as possible for traffic to get through. Gardai were called to the scene on a number of occasions last week following exchanges between residents and motorists.

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