Local TD Joe Carey has welcomed Transport Minister Eamon Ryan’s decision to reinstate road works on what he described as a “critical project” for Clare, Limerick and the entire Mid-West region.

The Green Party leader today confirmed the final phase of Coonagh – Knockalisheen Northern Distributor Road will proceed without further delays. The climbdown follows a major backlash locally after works on the project were halted because Minister Ryan favoured a rail option.  

Deputy Carey last week wrote to the minister urging him to immediately reinstate works on the €58 million roads project, which will connect the south eastern part of the county with Limerick city.

The local Fine Gael TD said today: “I’m delighted that common sense has at last prevailed and I welcome Minister Ryan’s confirmation that this vital project will now proceed without delay.

“This is a critical project for the Mid-West Region, South East Clare, Limerick City and is also a central element of the Limerick Regeneration Programme.

Deputy Carey said the Coonagh – Knockalisheen project is vital for the “continued expansion of Limerick Institute of Technology”, in particular for the planned development of the college’s Coonagh Campus.

The Clare TD said the road will also “dramatically enhance the attractiveness of the area for additional educational and employment opportunities”.