23 May 2022

Ryan under mounting pressure amid fears Longford to Mullingar N4 upgrade could be scrapped

Ross leads calls for government to step in amid fears key infrastructural project could be put on long finger


A delegation from Longford County Council is to seek face to face talks with Transport Minister Eamon Ryan over heightening fears the long awaited upgrade of the N4 between Longford and Mullingar could be scrapped.

Local politicians this afternoon unanimously agreed to seek urgent talks with the Green Party leader after Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) last month revealed no money had been set aside for the project in 2022.

Fine Gael Cllr Paul Ross said the council, as a collective body, could not sit by and allow arguably the county's most significant infrastructural development to fall by the wayside.

"This route is the biggest infrastructural project for Longford for a generation," he argued.

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"This route is to enhance the economic development and regional development of the midlands and region."

Cllr Ross expressed his own doubts as to where the project stood in the eyes of transport bosses, stressing that unless government intervention was forthcoming, the entire plan was at risk of abolition.

"If this is not progressed immediately and allowed to sit I fear that this project will be terminated," he said.

"If its let sit for a number of years the environmental and engineering constraints and regulations may change and the work to date will be not be able to be used."

Party colleagues Cllrs Paraic Brady and John Browne adopted equally trenchant views, with both directing their ire at the door of Mr Ryan's Green Party.

"In my view, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have created a monster by going into power with the Greens and that is what is holding this project up," said Cllr Brady.

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