Funding needs to be found to deal with the volume of potentially dangerous trees over hanging public roadways.

That’s the view of Kilkelly based Fianna Fail councillor John Caulfield.

At the monthly meeting of the Claremorris/Swinford Municipal District, the councillor raised his concerns for council staff having to deal with tress blown on to the road in storms, and for road users.

Council management explained that the onus is on the landowner/ farmer whose tree the land is on, to deal with it, and ensure it is safe.

The councillor argued that in some cases elderly or cash strapped landowners may be unable to deal with the problem and he called for a scheme involving the county council and the ESB to work with landowners to ensure that potentially hazardous trees along public roads are cut back.

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