Machine replaces man in pothole wars and the wheelie bin arrives in Kerry and Cork.
Fed up with temporary fixes for an ever increasing pothole problem, Kerry County Council has brought in a new machine, the Patchmaster, to tackle the matter. The machine looks like a trailer and is attached to a lorry. It has a compressor and a tank containing binder while the chippings are fed into it from the lorry.
At a cost of £67,000, the Patchmaster is not cheap but it,
Fills the pothole so well they survive the enemy of rain which often washed away the traditional coating.
Kerry County Council says have loaned their Patchmaster machine to councils in Laois, Offaly and Limerick, who intend buying their own machine.
Donal Mangan executive engineer with Kerry County Council says
This machine fills potholes better than any other machine which we have used, it does not do the job cheaper but it gives a better end product.
Another American invention to help local authorities, The Toter wheeled bin and lifting equipment, has been put on the market in West Cork by the Clonakilty based firm Carbery Plastics Limited.
Clonakilty residents are being told of the attractions of paying from £55 upwards for the Toter bin. The bin has a life expectancy of 20 years and its main advantages are cost, hygiene and environmental, as well as
Helping your friendly dustman not to have to hump the bin on his back anymore.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 December 1989. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.