Instant Road Repair is a new product that promises to make potholes a thing of the past.

Manufactured by Masti Joint Limited, Instant Road Repair is a product formulated to fix potholes of any size, shape or depth in tarmacadam, asphalt and concrete.

Using a pothole at the Nutley Lane entrance to RTÉ as a test case, Peter O'Shea of Masti Joint Limited assisted by Frank Hall demonstrates how the revolutionary product works. The best time to repair a pothole is when it is small to prevent it from spreading.

Frank Hall gets to work on the RTÉ pothole, firstly by sweeping out all the excess water and rubble.

You could eat your dinner out of that hole now, it's well cleaned out.

Instant Road Repair comes ready made in a sack. Frank Hall pours the product directly into the pothole. Following instruction he slightly overfills the pothole, levels off the material and spreads it out, making sure the edges are filled in. He then tamps it down with the back of a shovel. The average repair takes three minutes to complete.

Is that all there is to it?

Once prepared the pothole is ready to take traffic which will pack the material down. Peter O'Shea is confident this fix will last up to 10 years.

Instant Road Repair is primarily for minor road repairs and is not meant for wide expanses of road as this would not be cost effective. The product has gained the attention of a number of county councils and they are all using the product in a small capacity. Peter O’Shea hopes that in time this usage will increase. 

This episode of 'Ireland’s Eye’ was broadcast on 3 April 1981. The reporter is Frank Hall.