Dáil Éireann - Volume 414 - 18 December, 1991

Written Answers. - Nenagh (Tipperary) Bypass.

[2237] 98. Mr. Lowry asked the Minister for the Environment if his attention has been drawn to the anger which has greeted the refusal of his Department to sanction approval of the northern route as submitted for Nenagh bypass (details supplied); if, in view of the daily costly serious traffic congestion, inconvenience to general public and loss of revenue to local business community, he will confirm that priority will be given to agree the route and sanction its commencement as a matter of urgency; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for the Environment (Dr. O'Hanlon): A bypass of Nenagh was not included in the tentative list of major improvement projects on national primary roads planned to commence and/or be completed in the period 1989-93 under the operational programme on peripherality.

Three route options for a bypass of Nenagh were submitted to my Department by Tipperary (NR) County Council with a recommendation that the so called northern route be selected. I am advised, however, that this route is not the most beneficial as it would unduly increase journey lengths. The route options will be further discussed with the local authority and, subject to the outcome of these discussions, the timing of construction of the bypass will be considered in the context of preparing the road construction programme for the period after 1993.