Thursday, 6 May 2021

Questions (31)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

31. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Transport if Transport Infrastructure Ireland will allow a review of planning permissions on a case by case basis rather than continuing with a six-kilometre sterilisation of lands adjoining the N24; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23456/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As Minister for Transport I have responsibility for overall policy and securing exchequer funding in relation to the National Roads Programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 and in line with the National Development Plan (NDP), the operation and management of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. This is also subject to the Public Spending Code Guidelines and the necessary statutory approvals.

The current planning referral area for the N24 will be greatly reduced on the unveiling of route options and further reduced again with the determination of the preferred transport routing. In the case of the N24 Limerick Junction to Cahir scheme, June 25th next will see a major reduction of the referral area, when the route options will be put on public display. The same process will follow for the adjacent Waterford to Cahir scheme later in 2021.There is ongoing coordination between the project teams on both projects.

In this context, TII is best placed to advise you and I have referred your question to TII for a direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.