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Off the map: Councillor calls for road signs to include village of Dunloy

By Michael Sheils McNamee

A Sinn Fein councillor has called for road signs to be updated to include the village of Dunloy following the completion of recent roadworks.

Cathal McLaughlin, who sits on the Causway Coast & Glens Borough Council, said that the lack of direction to the village in Ballymoney, Co Antrim, first came to his attention after a friend of his who was returning from Australia ran into difficulty on his way back after two years.

"It was all new to them you see, it wasn’t there when they left," Mr McLaughlin told the Belfast Telegraph.

"It is a new issue because it's a new road that was only open a few weeks back. There are signposts everywhere for the villages of Rasharkin, Cloughmills, Clough, Ballymoney, Ballycastle, Loughgiel ... but strangers aren't aware of where the turnoff is for Dunloy."

The issue relates to a newly built section of the A26, one of Northern Ireland's main north-to-south arteries that connects Ballymoney, Ballymena, Antrim Town, Glenavy, and Ballinderry.

At the time of the last census, the village of Dunloy had around 1,200 people living there, and regularly hosts travelling GAA teams and Irish music groups playing in competitions held locally.

Mr McLaughlin also added that he had contacted Transport NI to request that the site be signposted from the Ballycastle Roundabout and on other signs as required.

This isn't the first time that the Sinn Fein councillor has raised issues about signage in the local area.

Last year Mr McLaughlin contacted Transport NI to flag potential black spots around the local area, and called on the government body to better flag potential dangers.

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