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Is "ralumac" causing problems in your area?

"If you're writing to Santa, leave ralumac off your list," a councillor has told a senior engineer at Carlow's local authority. 

Cllr Fergal Browne was speaking at this month's meeting of Carlow Municipal District and told senior engineer, Pat Harrington, that if he was "writing to Santa, to leave off ralumac off your list". 

"I'm not convinced of its merits," he added. 

Residents previously raised concerns over the use of "ralumac" in re-surfacing several Carlow roads and housing estates. 

Ralumac is a cold-applied asphaltic material, designed for more demanding locations on all types of surfaces. 

Mr Harrington said in response that the over-riding reason for its use is "cost".

"Ralumac is a fifth of the price of macadam. I can assure you that you'll be asking me to put it down in years' to come. It's on Kennedy Avenue and this is its second year and there's no damage done to the road.

"If finances improve we can look at other options but needs must," he said.