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LISTEN: Annaduff locals come out in force to oppose N4 by-pass project

Jun 9, 2021 13:06 By Shannonside News
LISTEN: Annaduff locals come out in force to oppose N4 by-pass project LISTEN: Annaduff locals come out in force to oppose N4 by-pass project
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Locals and Councillors are expressing their unhappiness at the significant plans

The consultants behind a plan to significantly upgrade the N4 are being encouraged to communicate one-to-one with affected parishes and villages.

Over 150 people attended a public meeting last night in the car park of Annaduff Church just hours after it as confirmed the deadline for the second public consultation has been expected by a further two weeks.

The meeting heard that it was vital that every local person along the route would make a submission and that more consultation between locals and the design team was required.

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Councillor Des Guickian was the first County Councillor to speak at the meeting. He was very angry at the plans and claimed that the local authority was 'blackguarding' locals about the road project.

He also claimed the public consultation was just going through the motions and the maps were very unclear.

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Councillor Finola Armstrong McGuire appealed to people to engage with the public consultation process - she explained that the by-pass does not just affect one community, but will have an impact on all of County Leitrim :

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Councillor Enda Stenson also proposed a radical solution to traffic issues on the N4.

He claimed that the TII needed to look instead at the N5 as being the key access point for excess traffic

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Councillor Sean McGowan also spoke:

 

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Mohill-based Councillor Thomas Mulligan addressed the crowd

Councillor Paddy Farrell also spoke at the meeting

Shane Toolan lives in Annaghduff and spoke at last night's meeting about his own experiences with the consultants and his worries over the project.

He says it is vital that everyone takes time to examine the project and that more information needs to be improved :

Charles Gibbons lives in Keenaghan but was one of the attendees at last night's meeting and is also one of the people behind a petition to oppose the N4 project.

He hopes all areas along the proposed route will come together to oppose the project :

 

 

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