Business leaders want Carrick by-pass

Claire McGovern


Claire McGovern

Business leaders from 8 towns and counties will this Tuesday demand the Government honours its promises to upgrade the N4 and N5 routes.

The roads that connect the midlands to the North West of Ireland are badly in need of repairs and upgrading to motorway status in sections.

Constant postponements of improvement works are hampering economic development in the region.

The ‘N4/N5’ Chambers – representing Athlone, Mullingar, Longford, Sligo, Carrick-On-Shannon, Donegal and Roscommon will present their case at a meeting in Buswells Hotel, Dublin on Tuesday morning.

They say the current state of the roads is putting the north west and west at a disadvantage in attracting FDI and creating jobs and that they MUST be included in the Government’s 2017 Capital Spending plan.

The N4 is a vital lifeline to the west and north-west of Ireland for industry, commerce and tourism. It is a major gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way and to the proposed Centre Parcs facility near Ballymahon.

The Chambers want:

N4 Motorway from Mullingar, Co Westmeath to Rooskey, Co Roscommon – completion of all pre-construction works in the short term leading to commencement of construction by 2021

N4 – Co Sligo - Collooney to Castlebaldwin- construction to commence during 2018

N4 –Co Leitrim -  Bypass of Carrick-On-Shannon – completion of all planning and preconstruction works leading to commencement of construction by 2021

N5 – Co Longford - Longford to Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon – completion of all work to allow work to start now

Those attending the meeting include representatives from business group IBEC, Chambers Ireland and the US multi-national firm Abbot.