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Wednesday 22 August 2018

Pothole scourge takes over city streets

DUBLIN'S roads have been slammed as 'hole-ly' disgraceful following two winters of snow and ice.

The capital's local authorities are now facing increasing demands to tackle the city's pothole crisis.

But councils have less money to spend on repairs due to shrinking budgets brought on by the economic downturn.

Nevertheless, motorists have now said enough is enough and are insisting action is taken.

A survey by the AA found that thousands of drivers in Dublin have had to take their cars in for repair or needed roadside assistance since the start of 2011 after hitting a pothole.

The research revealed that, of the 7,345 respondents, 12pc were forced to seek help.

If this rate is applied to the total number of drivers in the capital, the figure runs into many thousands.

The AA's Conor Faughnan told the Herald it was essential that a road programme be implemented to deal with the problems.

"The longer we neglect it the worse it will be," he said.

"(Local authorities) have to carry out repairs. It's just as important to maintain existing roads as build shiny new ones."

Independent councillor Christy Burke said he was getting repeated complaints about the potholes along Castleforbes Road in Dublin's docklands.

"It's appalling. The roads programme has been sliced. No Grade A works will be undertaken," Mr Burke added.

The AA survey showed that, in the majority of cases (55.8pc), damage was done to tyre rims.

Punctures, steering alignment problems, dented undercarriages and damaged shock absorbers also had to be fixed in many instances.

In some cases the damage was severe, with people having to fork out "over €2,000 to repair damaged suspensions, wheels and tyres", the AA said.

comurphy@herald.ie

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