Minister for Transport and Tourism Shane Ross will visit Ardee this coming Monday (July 24th) as local representatives seek to impress on him the need for progress on issues such as the proposed western bypass of Ardee and the development and opening of Ardee Castle.
This afternoon it was confirmed that will he arrive in Ardee on Monday afternoon and meet with Independent councillors Jim Tenanty and Kevin Callan. Ross will also meet Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd and councillor Dolores Minogue and other local councillors and TDs on his visit to Louth, with the hope here that Minister Ross can see first hand the problems that Ardee suffers from, namely chronic traffic backlogs.
Ross’ takes in a trip to Drogheda whilst in Louth to discuss the impact of toll slips on businesses and traffic in the town – before he makes his visit to Ardee. The main issue on the agenda for Minister Ross when he arrives in Ardee will be the failure as of yet to acquire capital funding for a western bypass.
Ross has previously spoken out on the subject of the proposed Ardee N52 western bypass – saying that no funding would be made available for work to start on the N52 bypass due to it not being included in the 2015-2021 capital funding programme.
The two locally based Independent councillors Tenanty and Callan had been seeking a meeting with Ross since last year, when they felt that his appointment as Transport Minister could benefit Ardee and give them an avenue of communication to a top level member of the cabinet.
The duo did meet the Minister in Drogheda in January of this year (below) and they raised issues such as the bypass and Ardee Castle with him. However, the arrival of Ross in Ardee to see the town first-hand is hoped can progress things even further. He will visit several sites around the town.
The invitation of a meeting with the Minister has also been pursued by Minogue through her colleague TD O’Dowd. After the six Ardee Municipal District councillors met with Transport Infrastructure Ireland in April, she said, “That decision [to allocate capital funding for the project] lies with Minister Ross and I have requested a meeting with him through Fergus O’Dowd.”
“The Ardee bypass is shovel ready and the land has been CPO’d so it’s just a matter of funding now,” Minogue told ThisIsArdee.ie today. “In the grand scheme of things, the funding isn’t that much.”Minogue also said she will be raising the need for filter lanes on the N2 north of Ardee and the need for traffic lights on the N2 between Collon and Slane with the Minister.