Ten years ago when the process first began to build the new Oylegate to Rosslare Harbour road, James Dunne from Green Road, Drinagh, attended the meetings.
At that stage, there were several route options and, by his own admission, James 'didn't take too much notice of it'. That was until a letter arrived through the letterbox informing him that his home was in the chosen route.
After this, the financial crash resulted in the whole project for the new road stalling, but for the decade in between, James and his family were left living in a house that they couldn't sell or carry out major work on. Now the process has started again in earnest and while there are now eight routes back on the table again, two of them again would majorly impact the Dunne family.
'For the past decade we've been constricted in what we can do because we have a house that's essentially unsellable because it's in the path of the new road,' James explained. 'It's really disgraceful to expect people to put their lives on hold like this and there's been opportunities I couldn't act on as a result.'
'I understand there has to be a new road,' he continued. 'If it's luck of the draw whether this thing is going beside or through your house, then I think it's extremely unfair to leave people in Limbo all this time and then to just start over without any kind of firm commitment or timelines. It's unacceptable. The problem is now that they could blame Covid and say that the funding isn't there to build the road again and I could be left in the same situation for another ten years. Even if they said to me it will be in seven years time, at least that would be something.'
To put things into perspective, James points out that his children hadn't long started school in Piercestown NS when the process began for the new road. Now they are aged 16 and 17 and his eldest is facing into the Leaving Cert.
'I'm not asking much here,' he said. 'I'd just like a bit of certainty. There's no answer to questions like how would people out my way get back to Piercestown? How would they get to Rosslare? When will the application go to An Bord Pleanála? I've had no official correspondence or contact from the council on it, bar that initial letter ten years ago, and it's not for the want of trying I can tell you.'
In the meantime, the Dunnes are (still) facing an uncertain future. With Route C being touted as the most likely of the 8 routes currently on the table, it could result in them losing their home. However, how or when this may happen still remains up in the air.