Tuesday 17 January 2017

Another €4m spent on road to nowhere

Gordon Deegan and Paul Melia

Published 18/11/2011 | 05:00

Cllr Brian Meaney
on the road in Ennis,
Co Clare
Cllr Brian Meaney on the road in Ennis, Co Clare

A LOCAL authority spent almost €4m on a road to nowhere which hasn't been open to traffic since it was completed more than two years ago.

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Clare County Council yesterday admitted spending €3.71m on a 450-metre stretch of road leading to the Information Age Park in Ennis, but the road is not finished because Shannon Development hasn't completed the last 200 metres.

It is the second 'road to nowhere' that has emerged recently.

In 2007, Carlow County Council was sharply criticised after it gave orders for the construction of a relief road around part of the town, even though it did not own all of the land.

The road, nearly 1.5km long, was supposed to cost €5.5m and open up lands for development.

But when it was nearly completed, it emerged it did not own the final parcel of land.

The road has since opened.

Yesterday Freedom of Information figures showed that €2.78m was spent on costs associated with the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for the lands.

Indefensible

Member of Clare County Council, Cllr Brian Meaney (Green), said: "€3.7m of public money spent and nothing to show for it. It is indefensible and the fault lies squarely with Shannon Development due to its failure to complete the route."

Shannon Development yesterday could not put a date on when the works will commence.

Shannon Development contributed €850,000 toward the council's costs.

Irish Independent

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