Monday 19 August 2019

Falcon nests to take flight for €180m road

Peregrine falcon
Peregrine falcon

Ralph Riegel

A motorway costing €180m will involve alternative nesting arrangements for peregrine falcons and the transplantation of a protected plant species.

The revelation came as An Bord Pleanála (ABP) opened an oral hearing into Cork County Council's proposed route for the M28 Cork-Ringaskiddy motorway.

The hearing, which is expected to last at least two weeks, was ordered after ABP received 139 submissions and 48 objections over the proposed route.

If sanctioned, the selected council route would involve 142 hectares and compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) that could affect up to 82 landowners.

Supporters of the route argue that it is a critical element of Cork's future development.

Others, including the M28 Steering Group, which claimed to represent up to 10,000 locals, complained there was insufficient consultation over the precise route involved.

ABP inspector Mary Kennelly was told the M28 route, as designed, would involve 10.9km of dual-carriage motorway, 1.5km of single-carriage motorway, one full interchange and three partial interchanges.

Irish Independent

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