Frogspawn video may delay local road project

A VIDEO of frogspawn posted on Twitter could delay construction of the multi-million euro Limerick Northern Distributor Road.

A VIDEO of frogspawn posted on Twitter could delay construction of the multi-million euro Limerick Northern Distributor Road.

The minute-long video which was posted on the Ecoparteen account last week shows what appears to be frogspawn in a field located near the proposed route of the new road.

According to the tweet accompanying the video, the frogspawn was found behind Bishop Murphy Park in Parteen.

If the footage is verified by experts then it could delay construction of the proposed dual-carriageway.

It may even result in the route of the route being changed in order to protect the frogspawn.

The proposed distributor road, which will run from the old Dublin Road to Knockalisheen via Parteen is expected to cater for around 30,000 vehicles a day.

The project will also connect with the Knockalisheen to Coonagh distributor Road, which was granted planning permission last year.

Opponents of the current plans say they have not been properly consulted about the proposed route which they say will tear villages (Parteen and Clonlara) in two.

Clare County Council, which is the lead authority on the project has already extended the period of public consultation to May.

A public meeting to discuss the proposals is due to take place tomorrow (Tues) night at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

Local councillor, Cathal Crowe, says the concerns of local resident must be addressed.

“It is important that the engineers who are on the ground and surveying the land need to be more aware of local concerns and local knowledge,” he said. “You can’t beat local knowledge and I think so far they have not tapped into that valuable resource,” added the Clare county councillor.