County Limerick action group to meet Minister over new road

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

SHOCKED residents of Mountshannon Road, Lisnagry were only informed at the beginning of February the preferred route for the €120m Limerick northern distributor road would affect them.

SHOCKED residents of Mountshannon Road, Lisnagry were only informed at the beginning of February the preferred route for the €120m Limerick northern distributor road would affect them.

The Lisnagry Action Group has been set up to object strongly to the dual carriageway which they say will do “untold damage to a small semi-rural community”.

Clare County Council placed notices in Clare papers last year but residents say they buy the Leader so they didn’t see it. One of 90 homeowners on the road, Mike Minihan, said they weren’t told about it until February 2. The deadline for submissions was February 16, since extended to March 12.

“The road is literally running around 100 yards from my house. You’d think they would send me a letter about a four-lane dual carriageway going near my back garden,” said Mr Minihan.

The action group object to the proposed route on environmental, economic and social grounds and say there are huge advantages of taking a different route.

According to the emerging preferred route unveiled in January, the proposed 10km road will link up with the first phase of the scheme at Knockalisheen before winding through Parteen and Clonlara, crossing the Tail Race, the Blackwater and the Shannon before joining the old Dublin Road.

Mountshannon residents didn’t even know about it at this stage. Members of the Lisnagry Action Group are meeting the Minister for Transport this Wednesday to set out their opposition. A meeting for concerned residents takes place this Sunday night at 7pm in the Lisnagry school hall.

“There is an alternative sitting on their doorstep - link it up with the Annacotty roundabout and Plassey Park Road - which they seem to be ignoring. Shannon Development own all the land so it is not going to cost the state anything in terms of CPOs. We estimate this would save €12m.

“The span across the Shannon is less. If they put the bridge across the Shannon at that point it means they are not impacting any flood plains,” said Mr Minihan, who says the preferred route goes through a flood plain.

“The span of the 2009 flood at the point where the preferred route crosses the Shannon was 1.6km. Flooding isn’t a rare occurrence there, it happens every two or three years,” said Mr Minihan, who say there is serious concern that the road would create a dam. “It is going to flood people who have never been flooded. It is ridiculous.”