€4.3 million spent on Adare bypass “a waste of money”

Funding for the Adare bypass to date has cost €4.3 million, and this figure does not include the money provided for the bypass prior to 1994 when the National Roads Authority was established, according to Deputy Dan Neville TD, who has branded it a waste of money and a disgrace. “I am extremely disappointed with An Bord Pleanála’s decision to refuse permission for the proposed Adare N21 Bypass, as it has been an objective of Limerick Co. Council since the 1980s, and there is an urgency to remove this major bottleneck, at the entrance to Adare from the national primary road which over 15,400 vehicles use per day. “It is estimated that if a bypass was introduced it would reduce the number of vehicles accessing the village from 15,400 to in the region of 5,000 or so,” he said. “The lack of a bypass seriously interferes with the development of the tourist product in Adare, and the daily announcements on national and local roads regarding difficulties accessing Adare do not lend to positive promotion of tourism, and therefore restrict the development of the economy of the region.”