The long awaited and much needed by-pass of Tipperary Town has to be put back on the political agenda, demanded Cllr.Denis Leahy this week.
Calling for the project to be resurrected Independent councillor Denis Leahy said pressure should be exerted on Tipperary government ministers Alan Kelly and Tom Hayes to ensure this vital infra structural project was finally delivered not only to Tipperary town but to the Munster region.
“People think that we are only interested in securing the by pass for Tipp town, yes it would have great advantages for the town but it would also complete the N24 Waterford/Limerick main thoroughfare and yield a huge benefit to the whole region,”insisted Cllr.Leahy.
Cllr.Leahy said that a timeframe now needed to be attached to the project and he felt a huge push to make it a reality would be timely now that the EU was making funds available to economies.
“This is on the agenda for sixteen years,the project is sitting on a shelf in the County Council and it has to be actively worked on again,” said Cllr.Leahy.
He said huge delays were involved with the project which was approved by Minister Cullen in 2007.Plans had to be redrawn when he changed it from a single to a dual carriageway.
“We were next on the list when the recession hit, now we have to be put on top of the list.The town and the Munster region is crying out for this to be finally provided,” he said.
Cllr.Leahy said the attempt in 2013 by the government to pass a proposed ring road off as a by pass was farcical.
“It was never a by-pass,it was a ring road that still brought traffic into the centre of the town.E500,000 was provided for it and it was spent on improving the footpath infrastructure in the town.That amount of money was never going to go anywhere near funding the major road infrastructure that is so urgently required,” said Cllr.Leahy.