- Jun 28, 2007
Surprise, surprise!PUBLIC fury about the perilous state of footpaths grew today when Transport Minister Noel Dempsey couldnt promise theyd be made safe.
Mr Dempsey failed to assure the public the government would respond quickly to the dangerous condition of most city pavements.
He failed to raise the possibility of raising contingents of young unemployed men to clear footpaths or bring in reserve or fulltime soldiers to do it.
Hospitals have been inundated with fracture injuries because of the icy underfoot conditions many of life altering falls, said a consultant.
Minister Dempsey then stated nobody ever said all minor roads or housing estates would be cleared. He claimed it was physically impossible to treat every area with grit, saying we dont have the manpower.
His comments come as it emerged that a minor road leading to his Co. Meath home had been gritted on Thursday.
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