Athlone best fit for midlands regional development centre – 2040 plan

The document announced today says Athlone best fulfils the role in the Midlands of providing an accessible centre of employment and services that can be a focal point for investment.

Upgrades of the N4 between Mullingar and Longford and the N52 between Tullamore and Kilbeggan are promised in the National Development Plan 2018-2027.

Athlone based Minister Kevin Boxer Moran says that contrary to some opinion he believes that Athlone’s designation as a growth centre is not a negative for the surrounding towns.


Speaking on Lets Talk this afternoon, the Longford Westmeath Deputy says people need to work together in order to reap the benefits…

Also speaking on Lets Talk this afternoon, Transport Minister Shane Ross says he feels the midlands region is being given the necessary attention in terms of infrastructure and its tourism potential.

He also rejected suggestions of undue political influence in decid9ing on what towns or areas benefited under the plan…