It is expected that the announcement of €2.5million in funding for the refit of the treacherous Rathscannel Road between Abbeydorney and Ballyduff will see the project to completion, in news welcomed by thousands of affected users of the road in North Kerry this week.
he allocation was the single biggest tranche under the near-€30million in funding announced for Kerry’s regional and local roads this week.
Fine Gael County Councillor Aoife Thornton, who brought a petition before Ministers Shane Ross and Brendan Griffin in a meeting in Leinster House on the issue, was among the first to welcome the allocation: “This issue resulted in the biggest delegation ever brought before the local council as members of the public were given their opportunity to highlight the gravity of the situation on the treacherous stretch.
“I am very grateful to all the people who travelled with me to Leinster House to meet Ministers Ross and Griffin and to the 1,500 who signed the petition we presented that time. All this support definitely assisted my campaign to get funding over the line and I expect that the €2.5million will get it largely complete and guarantee any final works that might be required in what will come as huge relief for all the commuters from Causeway to Ballyduff, Lisselton and Ballybunion.”
Deputy Brendan Griffin and Education Minister Norma Foley also welcomed the news, as did Fianna Fáil County Councillor Jimmy Moloney who said: “Following previous announcements of €300,000 for design work and €1.4million in 2020 for commencement of the work, today’s funding will go a long way to finishing the project. The Dale Road is a vital route into and out of North Kerry for businesses, tourism and residents alike and has been closed since July 2019.”