1st September 2014

Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor, warmly welcomes the announcement today (Monday) that An Bord Pleanala has granted planning permission to allow the Osberstown Interchange, the Sallins By Pass and the N7 road widening to proceed. It is imperative that the €110 million required for these projects is sanctioned by the Department of Transport as soon as possible.

“These upgrades on the roads adjacent to Naas will have a great impact on the local community, businesses and those using the N7 on a regular basis. The traffic congestion around the area, particularly at peak times, causes great inconvenience to commuters, business people and residents alike and these works will greatly alleviate such difficulties.

“I have been in regular contact with the Department of Transport and Kildare County Council about these projects, asking for the works to be completed without delay and I am delighted to learn that it has progressed to this important stage. Today’s decision is particularly important as the Kerry Group Facility is fast approaching completion and the Osberstown Interchange will greatly facilitate their operations.

“I will now be pressing for funding to be released to allow works to commence and will do all I can, together with Kildare County Council, to ensure the projects are completed in a timely and efficient manner”.