Government gives green light to N5 upgrade between Ballaghaderreen and Scramogue

The government has been given approval for a major upgrade of the N5 between Ballaghaderreen and Scramogue.

The Minister for the Environment has this evening confirmed that the multi-million euro project is to go to An Bord Pleanana for planning approval which will also kick-start a process of compulsory purchase orders along the route.

The money for the project is already ring-fenced once it reaches this stage and the development is seen as a major step in enhancing one the busiest national routes in the country.

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Denis Naughten confirmed the news to Shannonside FM at around 5.30 this evening – he has been speaking to Kevin McGillicuddy: