Way forward for upgrade of N59 must be found in light of disappointing decision by An Bord Pleanala
Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources and TD for Galway West and Mayo South, Seán Kyne has expressed his dismay at the refusal by An Bord Pleanala of the plans to upgrade the N59 between Maam Cross and Clifden.
An Bord Pleanala refused permission to Galway County Council because of the impact the project would have on four Special Areas of Conservation which have been designated as such by European law.
Commented Minister Kyne: “I am extremely disappointed at the Board’s decision which will delay the upgrade of the N59, the main access route for North Connemara.
“It is particularly disappointing given the fact that the majority of the project is online meaning it doesn’t depart much from the existing N59.
“While this decision is very disappointing, the Board’s statement that it is generally favourably disposed to the road improvement in the interest of traffic safety and community need is encouraging.
“I have spoken to County Council Officials regarding the Planning Authority’s decision and I look forward Council immediately assessing the Board’s inspector’s report and exploring the best way to proceed which may involve the IROPI process.”