Following a briefing given by the Mid-West National Road Design Office last Friday, it has been confirmed that the village of Croagh and the surrounding areas of Cappagh, Kilfinny and Ballingarry will be served by a much sought-after link to and from the new proposed Limerick to Foynes Motorway.
The briefing forms part of the process of deliv-ering the Foynes to Limerick road which includes the bypass of Adare.
There has been broad welcome for the news, with local Fine Gael T.D. Tom Neville saying :“I very much welcome the inclusion of a spur road for Croagh off the new Limerick to Foynes motorway.  It is vital for the commercial and social survival of the area. The people of the area quite rightly campaigned vigorously to have this included and they were proven right by the studies carried out by the authorities. Let it be a lesson in future road building not to discount the potential of small rural areas of developing if given the chance.  I am aghast as to why Croagh was not included along with Adare, Rathkeale and Askeaton in the original plans but I am relieved and pleased that the right direction has prevailed.”
Fianna Fáil T.D.Deputy Niall Collins stated: “This is a very positive and important step forward in ensuring local connectivity. It is vital for local residents and business who had been very alarmed at the original proposal not to provide local access. Croagh Community Council deserve huge credit for standing up for their community. As one of many local representatives who campaigned on this issue I welcome this news and I will continue to work with the local community throughout this entire process.”
Said Minister of State and Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan: “The community of Croagh expressed early on the need for an access junction to the village of Croagh, something I worked with Transport Infrastructure Ireland to include in the design. This has now been included in the route selection. This route selection is the latest part of the delivery of the project and will be open to members of the community to submit their views on the overall route of what will be a major road for Limerick and the Mid-West.”