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Wednesday, 15th May 2024

Ardee Bypass moves a step closer as Judicial Review is dismissed

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Deputy Fergus O'Dowd and Cllr. Dolores Minogue at  the site of the proposed Ardee bypass.

The announcement today that the Ardee Bypass Judicial Review has been dismissed in it's entirety by the High Court has been warmly welcomed by Fine Gael TD, Fergus O’Dowd, and local Councillor, Dolores Minogue. 

Deputy O’Dowd said “This is great news and brings us one step closer to seeing the bypass becoming a reality, we must now wait to see if a formal appeal to the court of appeal will be submitted typically within 28 days. 

“Cllr Dolores Minogue and I have campaigned for a number of years to get this project over the line as the bypass will greatly improve the quality of life for Ardee residents and businesses. 

O’Dowd added “The bypass will improve road safety, reduce vehicular traffic in the town, provide better air quality and allow for more active travel opportunities in the town when built so we have our fingers crossed this will get green light in the coming weeks. 

Cllr Minogue said “I’m over the moon that the courts have made this decision, this bypass will finally rid the town of so much unnecessary traffic and pollution and it will give the traders a real boost. 

“We know Ardee has so much to offer and this bypass would finally allow the town to breathe and develop appropriately. The council have informed us that they have contacted TII to request a meeting to further discuss the project.”

Fianna Fáil Councillor John Sheridan also welcomed the High Court dismissing the appeal against the Ardee N52 bypass on all counts. The bypass is an important infrastructure project and it really must no proceed immediately following this judgement."

"This is an extraordinarily significant step for Ardee" he said. "For far too long Ardee has been choked with lorries and pollution. The N52 bypass is a significant opportunity to remove cross country traffic from Ardee and open it up."
"This judgement shows that Louth County Council had done their job correctly, had all their paperwork correct and that An Bord Pleanala had the correct documentation to make an informed decision. Of course citizens have a right to due process and the High Court has ruled definitively. I think the fairest thing is for the bypass to proceed now."
"I will keep fighting until the N52 bypass is delivered. Transport Minister Jack Chambers visited Ardee this month to see for himself the daily congestion in the town and I will be contacting him today to discuss the next steps."
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