Still on the right road after cuts

On the road: Minister Brendan Griffin with Taoisech Leo Varadkar

THE long-awaited Macroom-Ballyvourney bypass, which will significantly shorten commute time between Kerry and Cork, will not be held-up because of the massive skyrocketing of costs in the new national children’s hospital project, it has been confirmed.

Kerry TD Brendan Griffin, who has an influential role as Minister of State at the Department of Transport, confirmed to last December that the tenders for the N22 bypass were about to be published and it is listed as a priority project under the government’s Project Ireland 2040 plan.

The contract is expected to be awarded this spring with construction work on the road to begin this year. Advance works, which started in early 2017, has already seen fencing, site clearance and archaeological work undertaken.

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has now assured the people of Kerry and Cork that the bypass will commence as scheduled.

He was responding to a query from Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae after concerns were voiced that funds would be diverted to help rectify the overrun in the budget for the children’s hospital.

It is understood that the Adare bypass project, also scheduled to proceed to planning stage this year, will also go ahead as planned.

Deputy Healy-Rae remarked: “The bypasses are vital for the further economic growth of Kerry and to allow ease of movement in and out of the county from the Cork side.”

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