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Ferris to press NRA for funding for major Kerry road projects

31 August, 2006


Sinn Féin’s North Kerry TD Martin Ferris has said that he will press the NRA to release funding for three major road projects in Kerry when he, along with Deputies Tom McEllistrim and Jimmy Deenihan, meets with Chief Executive Fred Barry next Tuesday. When Deputy Ferris met with the County Manager Martin Riordan last April with his fellow North Kerry TDs, it was agreed that a meeting would be requested with the NRA to discuss progress on the Farranfore – Killarney Road, the Castleisland By-Pass and the Tralee Ring Road.

 

Deputy Ferris said:

“I will be pressing the CEO of the NRA to give a commitment that funding for these three projects will be forthcoming. These road projects are essential to the county’s infrastructure and any delays would be disastrous. The traffic situation in Tralee has gone beyond ridiculous. Getting around the town has become a nightmare at any time of the day and it was particularly bad during the Rose Festival. I welcome the fact that the first part of the ring road between Mounthawk and Killeen will open this week, however this will only divert traffic to another part of the town. It is essential that the next phase of the ring road commences immediately.

 

“The Castleisland by-pass is due to go to tender in January, however it has been rumoured that funding may be held back. It must be made clear to both the NRA and the Minister for Transport that this will not be tolerated by people in Castleisland and North Kerry. While the transport infrastructure in east of the country and around Dublin has seen huge improvements in recent times, many other areas have been left behind. It is imperative that these projects go ahead on time so that Kerry can move forward with the rest of the country. ENDS

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