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Concerns raised about pothole in Co Fermanagh estimated to be up to six feet deep

CONCERNS have been raised about a pothole on a Co Fermanagh road, estimated to be up to six feet deep.

The crater on the Ballagh Road in Magherveely is understood to be deep enough that a grown adult can stand in it.

Also believed to be around two feet in diameter, the fears about the pothole were highlighted earlier this week by the Impartial Reporter newspaper, with an image of businessman Eamon Fitzpatrick standing in it.

He said he uses the road regularly to make fuel deliveries and fears a person or vehicle could fall into the gaping hole in the ground.

"If you come down that road in a lorry and there is a right bit of the weight in her and you meet someone in the corner and you’re going to have to keep in, the lorry would be in the hole and that would be it," he said.

The Department of Infrastructure said it was a "defective culvert" and that contractors are due to carry out work at the site next week.

"The area has been made safe with barriers and road signage while we wait on a contractor to carry out the necessary works to replace the culvert.

"Due to contractor issues around supply of available labour, works at this location had been prioritised with others in the Fermanagh area.

"We can confirm that contractors working with the department will be on site next week to carry out a permanent repair.”

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