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Can people put cones and blocks and large stones on their drive near a public road – it is really annoying when this is done on a narrow public road to let another car pass by. If I damage my tyres on these what rights do I have. Mary, Co Kerry.

More frequently you see this situation arising in the country where planning requirements force homeowners to build boundary walls set back from the road.  The Council require this in case they ever want to widen the road and therefore will not have to pay compensation for the rebuilding of a wall.  Frequently it leaves a grass strip at the front and many owners cultivate this by having neatly trimmed lawns or flowers.  When a car pulls in to this they frequently cause damage and that is why people put up obstructions to stop that.

Provided the markers are off the public road (the tarmacadam section or any footpath) then it seems they are within their rights.

One exception to this would be if say blocks or large stones were not clearly visible at night and you assumed you were able to pull in but couldn’t see the obstructions and caused damage to your car, then there might be a case against the owner.

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