Limerick City Council approves controversial proposal for Ballinacurra Road bus lane

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

EIGHT years after it was first proposed, an inbound bus lane along the Ballinacurra Road finally looks to have received the go-ahead after a tense vote at Limerick City Council last night.

EIGHT years after it was first proposed, an inbound bus lane along the Ballinacurra Road finally looks to have received the go-ahead after a tense vote at Limerick City Council last night.

Councillors had previously approved the plans - only for residents to take a successful High Court challenge that forced City Hall back to the drawing board.

Revised plans were adopted by councillors on Monday by a margin of eight votes to six.

Those in favour were Cllrs Tom Shortt, Gerry McLoughlin, Orla McLoughlin (all Labour); Cllr Diarmuid Scully (Fine Gael); Cllr Maurice Quinlivan (Sinn Fein) and Cllrs John Gilligan, Kathleen Leddin and Kevin Kiely (all independent).

Five Fine Gael councillors - Pat Kennedy, Maria Byrne, Cormac Hurley, Ger Fahy and Denis McCarthy - were joined by Labour’s Joe Leddin in opposing the plan.

Paddy Dalton, one of two Ballinacurra residents who addressed the Council to outline safety and other concerns, expressed disappointment at the outcome of the vote but did not rule out a further challenge.