All six Ardee Municipal District committee councillors will sit in on an upcoming meeting with Transport Infrastructure Ireland after the attendees of the meeting were confirmed on Monday.
There had been some confusion last month when after the TII answered a Louth County Council request for a meeting, it was thought the meet was to discuss issues across Louth and councillors from Drogheda and Dundalk would also attend – meaning perhaps only one or two representing Ardee and Mid-Louth would be present.
However, the matter has been cleared up and at Louth County Council’s February meeting held on Monday it was confirmed that the six local representatives from the Ardee Municipal District will be at the meeting – alongside Louth County Council chair Paul Bell.
Fianna Fail’s Conor Keenan proposed that all Ardee councillors be permitted to attend the TII meeting – which will mainly focus on a proposed western bypass of Ardee – and that was seconded by Independent councillor Maeve Yore.
The meeting with the TII came after the body responsible for the country’s roads responded to a letter by Bell, sent at the request of Ardee Municipal cathaoirleach Dolores Minogue.
The response was subsequently directed to Bell and Louth County Council – and not specifically the Ardee council – prompting fears that discussions about the N52 bypass could be sidelined or get lost amongst other issues brought to the table.
Those fears have been been allayed. No date has been set for the meeting.