Declan Breathnach TD Louth (and East Meath)

18th September 2019

Breathnach welcomes review of the N52 Ardee Bypass scheme

– improvements are necessary to the current proposal –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach attended at the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and contributed to the discussion saying that he was pleased that both TII and Louth County Council have confirmed that they are going to review the current proposal to take into account the serious concerns that require further consideration.

“I attended to hear the contributions regarding the N52 Upgrade (Ardee Bypass).  Deputy Fergus O’Dowd, who chairs this committee, was challenged by Deputy Catherine Murphy, committee member as to why discussion regarding a rural road in Louth was being brought before the Transport Committee.”

“I wanted to put on the record that while I do not wish to see any great delay in the commencement of the proposed N52 Upgrade works, I fully support the concerns of the local community and reiterate that they are not against the bypass, just the proposed cul-de sacs which the current proposal would create.

“In discussions in Leinster House on this issue with Minister Shane Ross, he gave an assurance that he would seek a workable solution to this issue.

“I reiterated my assertion that it is never a good idea to divide a community and this proposal would cut off a large portion of Ardee’s hinterland in the Townspark Road and Mullanstown Road areas from accessing the town with ease.  Some of the Constituents in the townlands directly affected by the current proposal say that while they are from Ardee and currently view Ardee as their home town, that the town of Carrickmacross in Monaghan will be easier to reach if the current proposal goes ahead.

“In Louth previously where there were instances of a proposed motorway cutting a community in half, e.g. Kilkerley and Haynestown, a compromise was reached.

“I listened carefully to the contributions from Peter Walsh, Director of Infrastructure Programmes, TII and Joan Martin, CEO Louth County Council, and both assured the Committee that the delay caused by the review of the proposal does not mean that the project will not proceed as fast as possible.  Peter Walsh of TII said he was confident that any additional costs associated with reviewing the proposal would bring additional benefits.

“Joan Martin also assured the meeting that Louth County Council and TII will continue to drive the scheme forward as soon as possible

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Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638) (T) 01 6183549 (Email)  declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie