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Taoiseach meets Mayo Industries Group about roads network

Taoiseach meets Mayo Industries Group about roads network

Áine Ryan


THE Mayo Industries Group has urged Taoiseach Enda Kenny to prioritise the completion of key road networks to Co Mayo. Welcoming the commencement of the Ballaghadereen Bypass project and the official opening last week by Minister of State Michael Ring of the Longford Bypass, the group’s chairman, Pat O’Donnell, said works from Frenchpark to Scramogue in Co Roscommon must now be prioritised to complete that section of the N5.
Speaking to The Mayo News yesterday, Mr O’Donnell, MD of Allergan in Westport, said: “We hope that when the Ballaghadereen bypass is ready within two years that preparations have been completed to start on the section of road between Frenchpark and Scramogue. While the final route for this sectoin hasn’t been selected, the NRA has shown us a broad route to the north of the many archaeological sites, that have been referred to as ‘the Tara of the west’.”
The Mayo News understands the necessary funding of €3 million to 24 million will be made available for the final route selection.
Mr O’Donnell also said the group has consistently lobbied for the completion of the N26 from Ballina and for the upgrade of the final section of the N5 – from Castlebar to Westport.
Since his appointment as Taoiseach, Enda Kenny has met the Mayo Industries Group on a number of occasions. The group represents Mayo’s main industries – Allergan, Baxter, Hollister, Coca Cola – as well as Knock Airport, Lionbridge and many other smaller industries throughout the county.
Speaking after the meeting, Enda Kenny said: “I met with the Mayo Industries Group again recently, who began by expressing appreciation to Government for funding awarded for the bypass by Ballaghadereen on the N5, the main artery for traffic into the west.”
Mr Kenny said matters relating to the  N5, N26, N58 from Turlough to Bohola, including a link to Foxford were also raised by the group, as well as the N5 from Turlough to Westport. He confirmed, in a statement, that the Public Private Partnership Scheme, under the remit of last year’s Government Stimulus Package, was also discussed as a potential source for road-building. 
He confirmed that the group had stressed ‘the importance of good road infrastructure’ for the efficient exportation of Mayo’s ‘huge volume of high-quality produce’.

Longford bypass
MEANWHILE, Minister of State Michael Ring officially opened the fully-completed N5 Longford Bypass on Thursday last. 
“The road which I have the pleasure of opening today, is the final link in the Longford Bypass project,” he told his delighted audience.

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