The case in favour of a ring road for Tipperary town has been made in the Dáil.
Earlier this week, concern was expressed by the March4Tipp group at Tipperary County Council’s inclusion in a submission to the county’s Oireachtas members, of the need for an inner relief road for the town.
The group questioned why a ring road option was not in that document. They claim that it has significant support locally and proved the most popular option in a survey of 1,200 people.
However, in a statement to the Dáil yesterday (Wednesday), FF TD Jackie Cahill sought to put the ring road option to the fore.
He called on the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, to put it on record within his department that a ring road is what is needed for the town, ‘not an inner relief road’.
He went on to say that what is required is ‘a road that routes traffic around the town, rather than a road that would simply re-route traffic through other parts of the town’.
While mentioning how Tipperary town is in the ‘early stages of developing a long term and sustainable development plan’, he said that the need for a ring road is ‘one piece of that jigsaw that is required to make all other parts possible’.
In relation to the inner relief road option, Deputy Cahill described it as one that ‘would clearly hamper the overall ambition for the town and merely relocate existing problems rather than solving them’.