Cork North West TD Michael Creed has outlined a proposal that could see the prospects of the commencement of the N22 Macroom – Baile Mhuirne bypass project enhanced significantly.  Commenting on his proposal Deputy Creed said:

“I am encouraged to be embarking on a new Dáil term with the legal uncertainty surrounding the N22 bypass project now put to bed.  Engagement between the NRA and landowners has now commenced and for the first time in many years there is tangible progress with the project.  Nonetheless we are still in the midst of a bailout programme and the State’s finances remain in a very fragile state”.

“My priority for the new Dáil terms is to engage pro-actively with my colleague the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar, in order to explore ways in which the Macroom Baile Mhuirne bypass can finally be made a reality.  With this in mind I’m putting forward a proposal which would see the N22 bypass project coupled with the Dunkettle Interchange Improvement Scheme, so that both schemes can be offered as one contract”.

“Offering these schemes as one single contract, will ensure that the cost of both projects can be minimised and crucially that the N22 scheme can be elevated in terms of priority.  I believe it is important to work constructively with the Minister & the NRA in order to find the best solutions in delivering the N22 project as soon as is financially possible”.

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