8 February 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A representative group of traders from the Emyvale area of North Monaghan were due to meet members and officials of Monaghan Co Council this (Thursday) morning to air their concerns about what they fear will be a negative business impact from planned temporary road closures scheduled to commence later this month.
The Co Council has advertised its intention to close the soutbound lane of the N2 national primary route from Derry to Monaghan from its junction with the Corrabrack Road to its junction with the Tydavnet Road from Monday, February 18 next until Friday, July 19.
This is to facilitate construction work on the N2 Phase 2 and 4 Coolkill East to Corracrin Road Realignment Scheme, located approximately 2km north of Monaghan Town.
The townlands affected will be Tirnaneill, Mullabrack, Legacurry, Drumcraw, Drumgeeny, Cloghnart and Lisboy. The northbound route only is to remain open and a number of diversion routes will be in place.
A meeting took place in Emyvale yesterday, Wednesday morning at which local business concerns over the road closures and diversions were aired.
Those in attendance voiced fears that they would lose a great deal of their business as a result of the roadworks planned, with the passing trade on which many elements of the local commercial sphere depended being particularly hard hit.
Local businesspeople felt that sufficient consultation with the traders of the area had not taken place prior to the construction programme being put in place, although they acknowledged that liaison had been …

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