Low cost repairs to Enniscorthy footbridge

ENNISCORTHY PROMENADE WALK as seen from the River Urrin footbridge (File Pic).

By Dan Walsh

Enniscorthy Promenade Walk has reopened after it was damaged a few weeks ago, however, there was some misinformation in the public arena regarding the cost of the repairs.

“Wexford County Council has confirmed that the cost of these interim works came to €2,000 and not €80,000 as stated elsewhere.”

Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District Cllr Aidan Browne has expressed his delight that the Enniscorthy Promenade Walk has reopened. “I want to commend the Wexford County Council staff for their prompt work in getting the bridge back open within six weeks at a reasonable cost to the taxpayer,” he said.

Cllr Browne continued; “Enniscorthy Promenade Walk is a fantastic asset for our local community. Locals and tourists alike really enjoy taking a walk by the River Slaney and taking in the scenic beauty of the area.

“In mid-September, I was disappointed to learn that damage forced the closure of the walk as the steps on the footbridge over the River Urrin were damaged. This was a blow for the community and so as Chairperson of the Enniscorthy Municipal District, I immediately worked with Enniscorthy Municipal District Officials to get the bridge back open to the public. Of course, there are further plans to add to the charm of this fantastic local amenity. Works are expected to get underway next year on a new accessible access route under the railway bridge. This will make the walking trail accessible for anyone with a buggy, wheelchair or mobility issues. Government funding of €49,500 was allocated towards these works earlier this year.”

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