Traffic signals for controversial Blakes Corner

Traffic signals for controversial Blakes Corner


Clare County Council is introducing a temporary traffic signals system on a trial basis at Blakes Corner in Ennistymon to address traffic congestion in the area.

The system will be put in place today Tuesday (15 August) and will require monitoring with a view to optimising its performance in terms of improving traffic flow during peak periods in particular.

The signals will be located on each of the three approaches to Blakes Corner.

Clare County Council is confident the proposed improvement scheme to address traffic congestion at Blakes Corner in Ennistymon will advance to the Planning stage by the end of 2017.

The statement follows extensive consultation with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) on the optimum design for the scheme which proposes an inner relief road incorporating a new bridge across the Inagh River, 80m upstream of the existing bridge.

Following consultation with An Bord Pleanála, Clare County Council also has been advised that the Part 8 planning process is the appropriate route through which to advance the project.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.