Longford Fine Gael Senator Micheal Carrigy says it's vital that pressure is maintained for more funding to be allocated for the N4 Mullingar to Rooskey road this year.
The project to upgrade the route through Longford and Westmeath was shelved in 2009 due to the financial crisis, and work didn't start again until the last couple of years when the project had to start from scratch.
There was serious concern in 2021 when no money was allocated to continue work on the project, but funding was given for it in March of last year.
Micheal Carrigy says while funding is being reduced for some major roads projects it's vital that the Mullingar Rooskey corridor isn't let drop off the agenda again...
''I'm looking for guarantees from Minister Ryan and Transport Infrastructure Ireland that further funding is going to be in place for 2023 and 2024, that we can bring this down to a full planning permission stage that we can lock it in on a defined route with planning and then if there is any issue with the larger capital funding that would be needed to build this that We have that planning permission locked and that we can come back to it at a later date and not have the situation which we had this time that we had to go back to the very start of the process and spend multi multi millions to bring it to a preferred route.''