When money wasn't forthcoming from any other source one county councillor obtained materials from local companies to pave one of the busies footpaths in Gaoth Dobhair.
Independent Cllr Micheal MacGiolla Easpuig was given materials for the footpath from The Cope in Dungloe, Gillespie Quarries, Hughie Harkin, Churchill Quarry and Peter O'Donnell, Anagaire.
“I wasn't able to get money from anywhere else. However when I approached these local companies they all agreed to help and I would like to make my appreciation to them known.”
Cllr MacGiolla Easpuig said that the work was carried out by Hughie Harkin and those who work for him.
The company worked voluntarily for around a week on the busy footpath.
“It just shows you how underfunded Donegal County Council area,” he said.
The pavement in question is located between Teach Sheáin Óig and Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair. It is exceptionally busy with people walking from one busy premises to the other for meals, theatre or to meet friends.
The pavement is aligned with the main road that leads to the busy Derrybeg industrial estate. Raidió na Gaeltachta and the local garda station are located on the road.
“It is shameful that we have to depend on the goodwill and voluntary work of local people to get 60 or 70 yards of pavement filled,” Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuic said.
He said that he feels that the blame for this lies with the government.
“I thank everyone for their hardwork and their generosity. However, Hughie Harkin deserves huge recognition for his work on this project.
“He used his machinery and his staff worked on this for a week at a huge cost.”
Cllr Mac GiollaEaspuig thanked those at Donegal County Council for their guidance in relation to the matter.
“This is an area that is ravaged with unemployment. Most of those who work in this area are not getting huge pay cheques at the end of the month.
“It is shameful that the government don't improve the infrastructure in this area,” he said.
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