There’s been no further funding for the development of the Waterford to Cahir N24 upgrade according to a Fine Gael councillor.
There were expressions of anger, frustration and dismay at the full meeting of Tipperary county council when the Cathaoirleach used her privilege to raise the matter as the first to be dealt with today.
Marie Murphy discovered this information after attending a meeting of the first citizens of the South East where the Cathaoirlachs of Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, Carlow and Wexford discussed issues of mutual interest.
The meeting heard that no further funding has been made available despite consultants and council staff working on the project last year.
A 6km wide strip of land has been sterilised for use in a possible N24 upgrade and this is causing huge delays with planning applications.
The need for the upgrade was also stressed in terms of economic development, safety of schools, freight transport and reliable and safe journey times for road users.
The project is led by Kilkenny Council as Tipperary County Council are leading the development work on the section between Cahir and Limerick Junction which was allocated €1,000,000 for continued work.
It was agreed to seek an urgent meeting with the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan on the matter of continued funding for the project.