Clare councillor wants second consultation on Limerick road

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

fianna Fail’s Clare County councillor Cathal Crowe wants a further public consultation event on the Limerick Northern Distributor Road.

fianna Fail’s Clare County councillor Cathal Crowe wants a further public consultation event on the Limerick Northern Distributor Road.

After Clare County Council made public a study explaining why the new €100m road will go through Parteen and Clonlara, Cllr Crowe wants further events to give more members of the public the chance to see the proposals.

He has said he is frustrated with some of the elements of the report.

“The report identifies the constraints and limitations of the south-east Clare topography but doesn’t effectively explain why a route through the heart of Parteen village and lands prone to flooding in rural Clonlara was chosen. This offers no solace to the families who live along the proposed route and raises a lot of questions. In the spirit of openness and transparency, I am hoping that [engineer] Tom Tiernan will accede to my request to hold another public consultation event,” he said.

Cllr Crowe pointed out the Department for Transport has cut funding to the existing roads network in the region, but increased funding for the Northern Distributor Road.

He repeated his call to abandon this project, and instead use funds on maintaining and upgrading the current road network.