The M4 motorway bypasses villages like Celbridge and has made a huge difference to the quality of life there, but the traffic is still having an impact.

Senator John Dardis believes communities affected by motorways have not been compensated adequately. The local infrastructure bringing cars to the motorways has not been upgraded and as a result the communities have suffered unduly.

Local man Michael McCann attempted highlight just how bad some secondary roads are by counting the number of potholes on the Ballygoran Road in Celbridge. He counted 298 potholes in a one kilometre stretch of road and wants the count entered into the Guinness Book of Records for the worst road in the world.

This wear and tear can also be put down to the growing local population some feel the government has not acknowledged. The government recently allocated £829,000 to Kildare County Council. Councillor Catherine Murphy is unhappy with this amount saying:

We have about a third of the population of the county living in this electoral area and we got ten percent of the money that was allocated, that’s patently unfair.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 28 October 1995. The reporter is Cathy Milner.