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Funding secured to upgrade lethal section of N72

Published on 4 April 2011

Funds have been secured for the long-awaited upgrade of one of the most dangerous national secondary roads in the country.

Plans had been in place as far back in 1979 to realign a lethal section of the N72 in north Cork, but the proposed works did not go ahead with the redesign of a stretch between Killavullen and Castletownroche being shelved up until recently.

County councillors in the region had been lobbying the National Roads Authority (NRA) for funding for some time and have eventually persuaded them to relent. The council has now acquired €2.4 million to carry out work on the mile-long stretch of road around Carrig Glen.

Fine Gael TD Tom Barry was one of the leading lobbyists, before he was recently elected to the Daíl, and explained that he was acutely aware of the danger the road presented.

“That particular scheme will make safe one of the most dangerous stretches of road in the country,” the FG TD told the Irish Examiner.

“The process of carrying out realignment wok on the road from the Nano Nagle Centre almost to Castletownroche, where six deaths have occurred in the last 10 years, is to begin.

“The stretch of road runs from Ballygriffin to Kilquane,” Mr Barry added.


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