Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív, along with Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council Mary Hoarde and Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council Damien Ryan have welcomed the granting of a Compulsory Purchase Order to Galway Council Council. The order will allow the purchasing of land to facilitate the widening of the road between Cloughanover and Corrandulla and along the N84.
The road, which is the main link between Castlebar and Galway, carries a lot of local traffic, and is a vital artery for both industry and tourism. It’s particularly important to towns such as Ballinrobe, Headford, Shrule, Kilmaine and Cong.
Deputy Ó Cuív commented, “As politicians serving local communities on both sides of the county border, we are committed to the development of this project and to its completion as soon as possible. We will be continuing to work to ensure that the NRA and the County Council make the necessary funding available to purchase the required land and to carry out the realignment project.
“Good roads are a vital asset to rural Ireland and will enable the local economy to grow and thrive. This particular stretch of road is in very poor condition. It is very narrow, with barely enough room for lorries or buses to pass each other. Sight distances are unsatisfactory and there are very bad bends on the road. Without an improved road network we are putting lives at risk, as well as making it more difficult to attract business and tourism to the area.
“Once this project is completed, it will provide a much improved road surface with hard shoulders, as well as enhanced width and sight distances. We must ensure that these works are fully funded in 2015 so that the upgrade can be completed within the calendar year”.
Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív and Cllrs Hoarde and Ryan are also asking the NRA to provide funding this year to enable preparatory planning work between Ballinrobe and Shrule, as they claim this section of road is dangerously below standard.