People of Ardee by-passed once again – Munster
Imelda Munster TD, Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport has stressed the urgency that the N52 Ardee bypass project is progressed as soon as possible. Deputy Munster reiterated her disappointment that the government’s Capital Investment Plan 2016-2021 had excluded the project, and that the government has no plans to move ahead with the project in the near future.
Questioning the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross TD at the Select Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Munster asked why the long-awaited project had been side-lined.
The Louth TD said:
“It is estimated that €5.3 million has been spent on the project to date between land acquisition and fees, archaeological investigations and other surveys. Planning has been completed and preliminary design and contract documents were completed in 2014. Given all the preliminary work and monies spend to date, along with years of campaigning by the local community, I can’t understand why the project was excluded from progressing this year.
“At the Committee meeting, the Minister’s officials said they understood that the Ardee Bypass would be considered in the 2017 Capital Programme Review. I want a commitment from the Minister that the project will be included in next year’s review.
“It is vital that the Minister confirms the inclusion of the bypass in the Capital Programme Review. Ardee has been ignored when it comes to capital funding for infrastructure for too long. It’s time the government prioritised this project. The people of Ardee have waited long enough.”