GOVERNMENT POLICY CHANGE THREATENS CLONTIBRET TO BORDER ROAD SCHEME

13 January 2022 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A shift in Government roads funding policy has cast doubt over the future of the major road improvement project planned for the Clontibret to the Border section of the N2 in Co Monaghan. The members of Monaghan Co Council were shocked to learn on Monday that the project could be facing suspension, and perhaps termination, because it had slipped downwards in national roads funding priorities. Director of Services for Transportation Patricia Monaghan told the Council’s monthly meeting that the Clontibret to the Border project had not received any funding from Transport Infrastructure Ireland for 2022.

Unless additional funding was provided to the TII for the project by the Government, which appeared unlikely, the project would have to be suspended or perhaps terminated. Ms Monahan emphasised that the Ardee-Castleblayney N2 road scheme had been included in this year’s funding provision and was currently proceeding as planned and was not under any threat of suspension or termination.

Although the Ardee-Castleblayney and Clontibret- Border developments related to the same road, they were being considered as separate projects, the Director of Services stated. Members agreed to seek an urgent meeting with the Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan TD to clarify the future of the Clontibret to the Border road development. The fact that there had been no TII allocation for the Clontibret to the Border scheme for 2022 was raised on Monday by Sinn Féin representative Brian McKenna, who noted the allocation of €1 million for the Ardee to Castleblayney project and said that he couldn’t for the life of him understand why the TII were separating both proposals because one without the other was useless.

“Have we any further news on why we have not received an allocation?” he asked. Fianna Fáil’s P J O’Hanlon made the argument that there was in fact no new money for either scheme in 2022, expressing the view that the €1 million for the Ardee to Castleblayney development referred…

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