A number of residents at Breaffy Castlebar living close to the quarrying and rock blasting that is ongoing now, for 18 months, as the new N5 Turlough to Castlebar dual carriageway is being built, addressed yesterday’s monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District.
They say their peace has been invaded and they are distraught and sickened by the impact of the construction works on their lives. They were visibly distraught, you could hear it in their voices when Emer Quinn and Donal O’Gallachoir, two Breaffy residents addressed cllrs yesterday.
The quarrying and rock blasting and general lorry movements and dust , noise and disruption they said continues 7am to 7pm daily for 18months now, and the works are now underway on Saturdays as well as week days. They say they have been unable to get any answers from the construction company Wills BAM who have been contracted by Mayo County Council and the National Roads Office to build the 20km dual carriageway that will run from Turlough to Castlebar and their homes are along the route at Breaffy.
The road construction is a three year contract and is due to be completed in about a year’s time.
At this point the National Roads Office says the earthworks part of the construction is about 75 percent complete. At yesterday’s meeting a representative the National Roads Office admitted that they had received many complaints from people living in the Breaffy area about the intrusion of the construction on their lives. He said there are ongoing issues with the N60 rock breaking programme and resultant blasting, noise and dust from works. He insisted that no blasting is carried out within 100m of any premises and that notice of blasts are given.
Elected cllrs told the residents that they were not the people who hired the contractors and so that they needed to speak to Mayo County Council rather than Castlebar Municipal councillors. The cllrs said there appears to be a real breakdown in communication between the residents and MCC and the contractor and they called on council management to ensure efforts are made to address that situation immediately.
Midwest News Editor Teresa O'Malley spoke to Eimer Quinn and Donal O’Gallachoir as they left Aras an Chonate yesterday evening and asked them for their reaction to what the cllrs had to say.....
Midwest News has contacted Wills BAM Joint Venture for comment and we are awaiting a response.