Tampered signs are sending people in wrong directions

Tampered signs are sending people in wrong directions

Signs pointing in the wrong direction at St Luke’s Cross, which saw one tourist ending up in Ballyvolane as he wanted to go to the city centre

A KANSAS doctor staying at the Ambassador Hotel ended up walking over 20 minutes in the wrong direction while attempting to visit the city centre, thanks to tampered signposts in St Luke’s village.

The doctor ended up walking all the way from St Luke’s to Ballyvolane Shopping Centre, after following a signpost for the city centre that was pointing in the Mayfield direction.

Over-60 talent competition organiser, Paddy O’Brien, bumped into the wayward doctor on his travels and was alerted to the local issue by the tourist.

On closer inspection, Mr O’Brien said that a number of the signposts at the main junction in St Luke’s village were pointing in the wrong direction with a sign for the North Ring road sending people into the city and another one, for the Cope Foundation also sending people into the city.

Road signage pointing in the wrong direction for the Cope Foundation at St Luke’s Cross. 	Picture: Larry Cummins
Road signage pointing in the wrong direction for the Cope Foundation at St Luke’s Cross. Picture: Larry Cummins

Mr O’Brien said that he spoke to a number of people from the local area, who were all aware of the issue which had been ongoing for a number of weeks, perhaps even months, with people being sent the wrong direction on a regular basis.

“I’m shocked it has not been reported. The amount of traffic that passes every day and no one has told the council,” Mr O’Brien said.

The local age activist said that the people behind the mischief went to a great deal of trouble to move the signs and while they must think it is very amusing, it is actually a very serious matter.

“The signs are 12 if not 15 foot high, they must have gotten up on each other’s shoulders, with spanners and screwdrivers, all to misdirect people for their own amusement,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This is nothing short of vandalism.”

Mr O’Brien said that people coming into the city should be welcomed not send on a wild goose chase across the suburbs.

“I am appalled by this situation, thousands of cars passing here every day and it hasn’t even been reported to the council.”

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