Independent TD for Roscommon-Galway Michael Fitzmaurice welcomed An Bord Pleanala’s recent decision to approve the proposed development of the N5 between Ballaghadereen and Scramoge.
As the project has been in the pipeline for a number of years, Deputy Fitzmaurice is hopeful that this development will lead to further progress being made as soon as possible.
Commenting on the matter, he said: “This is a project which will provide a crucial piece of infrastructure to the west of Ireland.
“The development will see the construction of approximately 35km of carriageway along with the realignment of about 15km of existing roads.
“The proposed N5 Ballaghadereen to Scramgoe Road will tie in with the N5 Ballaghadereen bypass before joining up with the existing N5 at Scramoge – just east of Strokestown.
“Given the volume of traffic that currently travels on the N5 – and the numerous road traffic collisions which have occurred on the road down through the years – it is a huge relief to hear the news that the proposed development has gotten the go ahead from An Bord Pleanala.
“This new road will be much safer for motorists and other road users alike. It will also be a welcome addition for anyone travelling to the area – whether they are people living in the western region or visitors,” he said.
Continuing, Deputy Fitzmaurice underlined the need for improved infrastructure in the west of Ireland.
“Developments such as this are crucial for the development of the western region’s economy and tourism industry – as well as for the standard of living of those living in the area.
“There are many other routes in the west of Ireland such as the N5 which need to be examined and improved.
“The west of Ireland consistently has to fight for improvements to critical infrastructure – whether it be road improvements, broadband services or access to other primary services.
“While this development must be welcomed, a lot more work needs to be carried out to ensure that people are afforded the opportunity to live and work in the west of Ireland – rather than be driven to cities due to a lack of key infrastructure.
“This in turn would ease some of the demand on housing in some of Ireland’s larger cities,” Deputy Fitzmaurice concluded.