The Community organisation March4Tipp has responded to comments made by Deputy Alan Kelly regarding the N24 Road upgrade project.
The contribution was labelled as “hugely unhelpful” as Deputy Kelly said that the provision of the by-pass for Tipperary Town might mean the jettisoning of the larger N24 realignment. March for Tipp stated that the plight of the town has been recognised by Transport Minister Eamon Ryan and also by both the Taoiseach and Tánaiste. The group say that there seems to be a willingness at Ministerial level to help deliver the bad needed bypass for the town – referencing a commitment made by Michael McGrath Minster for Public Expenditure and Reform to fund a project if it was presented to his Department.
Tipperary Town has been the sacrificial lamb
The Group state that for too long Tipperary Town has been the sacrificial lamb for the whole county, highlighting that Tipperary town’s traffic congestion is a major reason why the N24 realignment from Cahir to Limerick Junction carries such weight. The statement from March for Tipp continues “ that a by-pass for Tipperary Town would be welcomed with open arms” as the town has waited too long for the issue of traffic congestion to be addressed.
Tipperary TDs to support the campaign
The Group also stated that they expect all Tipperary TDs to support the campaign to rid the town of the N24 traffic and that Tipperary County Council should also prioritise the removal of N24 traffic volumes from the town centre. The Group’s statement concludes by saying “anything less is letting down our community again. It’s time for Tipperary Town to come first for once!”
The final decision regarding the road project is expected to be revealed in the upcoming revised National Development Plan scheduled for publication at the end of the month.