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 Header Item Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate
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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 991 No. 2

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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate

Road Projects Status

Deputy Eamon Scanlon: Information on Eamon Scanlon Zoom on Eamon Scanlon We put down this issue because of a serious potential for accidents on the N4 Dublin road. Even according to Transport Infrastructure Ireland, TII, this section of road is recognised as a collision-prone zone. The zoned area is called HD 15. It is a straight stretch of road on the N4 about two miles long. When cars are turning right and crossing the L1015 Cootehall Road and the main road to Drumshanbo, or the L1024 Crohan Road, the main road to Roscommon, drivers are taking their lives in their hands. It is not the driver of the car directly behind but the one two or three cars back who does not see an indicator. There have been quite a number of accidents. We have met TII and the local authority. Apparently Donegal County Council is responsible for road design for the TII in the north west. It has been with it for the last four months and now it has decided it does not have the time to do this work. I understand it is going out to consultants. I wonder if we can get some progress on this before somebody is killed at those junctions.

Deputy Eugene Murphy: Information on Eugene Murphy Zoom on Eugene Murphy I am not going to repeat what Deputy Scanlon has said. One year ago, we met people who were extremely concerned from the perspective of safety. There have been accidents there since. The clear commitment was that the work would certainly be done by the end of 2019. Here we are with little or no movement at this stage. It is critical. I am sure the Minister knows the road himself. It is extremely busy with a lot of trucks and heavy traffic. Everybody accepts that it is a very dangerous junction. Deputy Scanlon has outlined the two turns off the N4, one for Cootehall and one for Crohan. The N4 is a main artery. The reason the three of us are here is public safety. I am sure the Minister will agree with us. My colleagues and I are afraid of our lives that somebody very shortly is going to lose his or her life there. I thank the Minister for being here to listen to our case today.

Deputy Marc MacSharry: Information on Marc MacSharry Zoom on Marc MacSharry This is a critical issue. Noel McTiernan and the action group raised this issue because they are living in fear every day when they reach these two junctions at Crohan and Cootehall on the N4 between Boyle and Carrick-on-Shannon. Roscommon County Council got involved. It contacted TII which in turn contacted the Donegal regional design office. It did a technical note on the issue but did not include a safety audit, which caused a delay. The safety audit is now complete. There is nothing delaying this project; €80,000 was cleared by TII for these works to be carried out and we want to see them done. On 8 November 2018 the public were forced to hold a public meeting. Since then, politicians of all colours and none have gotten involved to advance it through Roscommon County Council, TII and the Donegal regional design office which carries out this function nationally on behalf of TII. What we want to hear from the Minister today is that works will be undertaken and will commence on a certain day and will be completed on a certain day, so that the people travelling on the N4 are not subjected to such risk on a daily basis.

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