Griffin Told Alternative to Adare By-Pass Being Considered

Amalgamated Upgrade of Foynes Road & Adare Bypass an Option

Work Underway and Report Due by End of Year

Statement by Brendan Griffin TD (FG) Kerry

Wednesday, February 12th 2014

KERRY Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin, has been told that an alternative Adare Bypass is being considered as part of a possible upgrading the road from Limerick to Foynes Port.

Deputy Griffin received the news from the office of Minister Leo Varadkar, after having raised the matter through a Dail Question.

Referring to Deputy Griffin’s question to Minister Varadkar, the National Roads Authority said that following the October 2012 decision by An Bord Pleanala to refuse to approve the N21 Adare Bypass Scheme, there is currently no funding to undertake planning and design work on an alternative scheme for Adare.

Deputy Griffin subsequently wrote to Minister Varadkar to express the importance to progressing the bypassing of Adare, given that it is the main access corridor to Kerry from Limerick, Galway and Dublin.

In response to this correspondence, Minister Varadkar’s office said that the Minister recently met with the NRA and Limerick County Council to discuss the Adare bypass issue. Deputy Griffin was told that while no funding is available to progress the Adare Bypass aspect by itself, funding has been made available to consider the upgrading of the road to Foynes Port from Limerick and that as part of this, consideration will be given to amalgamating an upgrade of that route with an Adare Bypass.

Minister Varadkar’s office confirmed that consultants have been appointed and work is underway on the project and that it is expected to have the final report by the end of the 2014.

Deputy Griffin says that he very much welcomes the news and says that it is an important development for Kerry, given the strategic importance of bypassing Adare.

“Everyone knows that Adare is an awful traffic bottle neck and the lack of a bypass adds considerably to travel times into and out of Kerry. While it was hugely disappointing that the initial bypass scheme was refused permission by An Bord Pleanala, this alternative option offers some home to us.

“Bypassing Adare would considerably help Kerry’s chances of attracting investment and would make visiting Kerry more enticing, as currently, long delays going through Adare is a major turn off for people. I hope that the process that is now underway will result in a viable proposal to bypass Adare coming on the table so that this vital piece of infrastructure can be built once and for all as soon as funding becomes available.”

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