A CPO in relation to works on the N59 Westport to Mulranny road is, according to director of services for the Westport area Joe Beirne, ready to be published. Tony McNulty from the roads design office also added that if the opportunity is lost by not publishing the CPO, “then we don’t know when the opportunity will present itself again”.
Three hundred and twenty nine landowners along the vast stretch of this road are involved in the process. The road works will also improve two sections of the Greenway, north and south of Newport.
Councillor Margaret Adams welcomed the report of works on this “dangerous road”.
Chair of the area, Cllr Peter Flynn, welcomed this good news and also enquired about the progress of the N5.
Mr Beirne said: “We have not yet been told the allocations for funding and therefore cannot know the effect it will have on the N5/N26 schemes.” He also said the CPO “is ready to go out the door for the N5”, which would need a substantial grant, “however, there is no guarantee” that this money will be available.
Cllr Adams said the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister of State Michael Ring should be invited to a meeting to discuss the progress of these schemes. This was seconded by Cllr Austin Francis O’Malley.