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Minogue: “We have to put our best case forward”

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Ardee Municipal District councillor Dolores Minogue. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

A date has been set for the Ardee Municipal District councillors’ long awaited meeting with representatives from Transport Infrastructure Ireland in relation to the proposed Ardee bypass.

The six councillors – cathaoirleach Dolores Minogue, Colm Markey, Liam Reilly, Jim Tenanty, Pearse McGeough and Liam Cunningham – will join Louth County Council chair Paul Bell in meeting with officials from the government body responsible delivering transport infrastructure and services on Thursday April 20th in Dublin.

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The January meeting of the Ardee Municipal District heard that the TII had agreed to a meeting in relation to the proposed western bypass of Ardee, a move seen as the solution to the town’s crippling traffic woes. Last month, it was agreed that all six elected representatives from the Ardee and Mid-Louth area should attend the meeting along with Bell.

Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie today, Minogue expressed her delight that a date is now in the diary for the long awaited meeting and she is hopeful that it can lead to a positive outcome.

“It’s fantastic,” she said. “We’re not the only town to be looking for us. It’s a month away so we have time to put things together. We want to sit down with our evidence and put forward a strong case. I’m delighted that I kept going with this and I didn’t just take no for an answer. It paid off in the end!

“We’re ahead of the posse in the sense that all of our land is CPO’d already. We were on that list and we were taken of it. We were shovel ready and we were told that if a project falls, Ardee is next. We’ve been hearing that for a long time,” she continued.

“I’m delighted that all six councillors are going to attend and we have to put our best case forward. The town is chock-a-block. We really need to address it. Look at Dunleer’s bypass, it’s a buzzing little town. Everyone was dreading that bypass, but it enhanced their area.”

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