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Taxpayers will pay again to get road signage that finally makes sense

Bob Quinn’s cry from the heart or more accurately from the pocket (Letters, January 1) expresses well concerns that I have frequently spoken about at meetings of Kerry County Council.

The decision in 2005 by faceless bureaucrats in the Department of the Environment to insist on the erection of 80km per hour speed signs at the entrance to all minor roads ranks high in the ill-thought out and potentially dangerous directives from Government.

The folly of this programme was highlighted on many occasions but sadly no one listened.

I once more raised this matter at the November 2014 meeting of Kerry County Council. To my relief I was informed that all of the 80km signs on minor roads are to be removed and are to be replaced with “Drive Carefully” signs. This work is to be carried out by local authorities and will be funded by the Department of the Environment.

The reality is that the taxpayer will have to foot the bill for the folly of those who are well paid to enhance the lives of the public but so often fail to understand the real needs of people.

I wish Bob Quinn and all your readers safe driving during 2015 and I do hope that he will encounter an understanding judge who will not deplete hid pocket still further.

Michael Gleeson



Co Kerry


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