Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív has expressed his frustration with ongoing delays in progressing works on the R336 Galway to Ros a’ Mhíl road.  Despite the project being announced over twelve years ago, we are still waiting for a preferred route to be chosen.

Deputy Ó Cuív explained, “The delays to this project are simply unacceptable.  It’s now more than 12 years since this project was commenced and over 8 years since six indicative corridors selected, but we are no further along.  I was recently informed by the Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport that only €20,000 is being provided this year for the project, which is earmarked for an updated appraisal, including the business case, to progress it taking cost and environmental factors into account.

“I can’t understand how after this amount of time, we still don’t have a preferred route chosen.  This is having a negative impact on the area, as no planning permissions are being granted in Cois Fharraige along the six corridors while the current six options remain under consideration.

“This entire process is typical of the cavalier attitude of this government towards basic infrastructure in the west of Ireland, and particularly in Gaeltacht areas. It’s well known that the current R336 Galway to Ros a’ Mhíl Road is totally inadequate.  Not only does it carry large volumes of traffic, it has a substantial number of entrances along it, and it needs to be urgently upgraded.

“The time has come for a preferred route to be chosen and the Minister must allocate the funding to do this immediately.  The road should also be constructed in tandem with the proposed city by-pass N6 road, as otherwise, those travelling west to south Connemara, will hit a bottleneck in Barna.

“I am also calling on Minister Ross to consider changing the status of this road from a regional route to a national route, and is could act as an extension of the N6 Dublin to Galway road, allowing access to south Connemara.

“I will continue to press this issue strongly because of its importance at a local and regional level, and I regret that this project which I provided the initial funding for has been left in limbo for so long”.