Fianna Fáil Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee has said that the development of an additional slip road to serve Donabate, Portrane, Rush, Lusk and Skerries would support thousands of daily commuters in the North County.

The Fingal based Senator raised the matter with Minister for Transport, Shane Ross in Seanad Éireann earlier this afternoon.

Senator Clifford-Lee said, “An additional slip road to the M1 motorway via Donabate should not just be considered to alleviate the existing level of urban congestion but also to pre-empt the future growth in the county.

“The continuing rise in population combined with the construction of 4,000 new units and National Forensic Hospital, which is currently underway, will place subsequent pressure on the surrounding road network.

“Failing to plan for growth or future demand on roads will undoubtedly weaken our local transport infrastructure. It is crucial as a local representative that I raise these concerns now rather than after they have happened.

“When Ireland’s largest building, Tesco’s distribution centre was built in 2007, the local authority received in the region of €8.5million. It is my belief that some of this money should have been properly invested to improve our road network for it to cope with the additional pressure put on the roads in and out of the centre.

“A second slip road to the M1 would help support the surrounding population of almost 25,000 people, most of which commute to and from work in the Greater Dublin Area.

“It’s clear from the Minister’s response to my concerns this afternoon regarding the need for a new M1 slip road, that the infrastructural needs of the people of North County Dublin are not a major priority.

She concluded, “The Minister can faff about re-announcing a rebranded Metro North but publicity stunts won’t distract local commuters from the transport deficits faced here and now.”