Griffin Raises N22 Ballyvourney to Macroom with Ross
Statement by Brendan Griffin TD (FG) Kerry
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
KERRY Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin, has again discussed the timeframe for building the new N22 Ballyvourney to Macroom Road with Minister for Transport, Shane Ross.
Deputy Griffin said:
“The new N22 (Ballyvourney to Macroom) was included at the end of 2015 in the Government’s Capital Plan 2016-21. It was a major political achievement to secure this inclusion, as there were many many worthy projects competing for a place on the plan.
“As a specific timeframe for completion of the project was not provided at that time, my work since then has been focused on trying to secure a commitment from the Minister for Transport and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to build the N22 as soon as possible, as it is a near shovel-ready project.
“On June 29th, 2016, at the first meeting of the new Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport, of which I am Chairman, I asked Minister Ross and his officials about a specific timeframe for the N22. When a date of post-2018/19 was mentioned in response, I immediately asked the Minister and his officials to review the order of projects to specifically place the N22 ahead of the Dunkettel Interchange on the queue, given that the N22 is logistically less complex a project, as it does not have as many engineering and pre-construction obstacles.
“A start date of 2022 was reported in various media today (Tuesday) following a recent meeting between Cork County Councillors and TII officials. This differs from the earlier date recently suggested to me at the Transport Committee (which itself is too far off).
“Further to the discussion at the Committee and in light of the most recent media reports, I discussed the matter in detail again today with Minister Shane Ross, explaining again that it would make greater sense to build this road ahead of the other roads being queued ahead of it. Minister Ross has agreed to revert to me soon with an update on this proposal.
“I want to assure the people of Kerry that this road is one of my main political priorities and, as I did for my first five years in the Dáil, I will continue to do all that I can possibly do to get this road built without any unnecessary delay.
“This is a crucial socio-economic project for the region and deserves to be prioritised.”
Brendan Griffin TD