RESIDENTS in Huigginstown county Kilkenny are living in the dark. Councillor Matt Doran, Fianna Fail described the village as “the worst lit village in the country.”
Cllr Doran said that he had asked the council to look into providing extra lighting in the area.
According to Council Area Engineer Seamus Foley the lights in Hugginstown are further apart than would be the norm. Mr Doran told the Callan area meeting that “he lights were roughly sixty metres apart and normally they’d be 30 metres.”
Cllr Matt Doran described the situation in Hugginstown, which is a very active village with a GAA club and a church in the town, as unbelievable. He said “There maybe a safety risk there in terms of being unlit. The situation is unbelievable, it may well be the worst lit village in the country and it just so happens that its in our area.”
Despite the raising of the issue at previous Area meetings there doesn’t seem to be much light at the end of the tunnel. Mr Foley said that there simply wasn’t enough money to do the works this year. He said “We could dig down to the underground cables and feed them up into the lights but each one would cost thousands to do it. I definitely won’t be able to do it with what I have this year.”