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Ardee's traffic jams are notorious

Ardee's traffic jams are notorious

Ardee's traffic jams are notorious


MINISTER Eamon Ryan is to be invited onto the streets of Ardee to see for himself the mayhem that exists day after day in the town.

The recent works on the N33 added to the long delays - with reports of a 40 minute journey to get from one end of the town to the other.

Councillors have now agreed that the Transport Minister be welcomed to Ardee “at an appropriate time” to see what a new bypass can do for the community and business in the area.

It followed a debate at the area meeting when Cathaoirleach Jim Tenanty recommended that the minister come to Ardee to witness the chaos.

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He acknowledged that Deputy Ryan had said that the bypass was a priority.

Cllr Dolores Minogue said the town was “choked” and it was a crazy situation, but she felt that the decision on the route rested with An Bord Pleanala and as soon as they make a decision, she’d welcome the minster to see the madness for himself. He would then be urged to make sure funding was fast tracked for the project.

Cllr John Sheridan said he felt Ardee was lucky to still have the project, but Ardee and Listowel had been earmarked. He feels that everybody’s voice needs to be heard and the message sent out that the new road was so badly needed.

“People even had to take added precautions to make sure they made this meeting on time!,” he remarked.

He was aware of protests at the Dail and the concerns over environmental issues, but “there needs to be a call to action for members of the public to fight for it.”