05 Jul 2022

Row erupts between councillors over progress of plans for Bagenalstown by-pass

'We should be careful for what we wish for,' says one councillor

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Bagenalstown by-pass discussed

A row has erupted between councillors over the progress of plans for Bagenalstown by-pass. 

At this month's meeting of Bagenalstown Municipal District, Fine Gael's Cllr Denis Foley asked about the by-pass of Bagenalstown going into the business park and out on to the Borris Road. 

"There are 7,000 vehicles using Royal Oak Road and it's a death trap in relation to traffic. Where are the funds or plans for it at?  I'd like to see a plan drawn up, where it's going and look to the department for funding," he said. 

Director of Services at Carlow County Council, Bernie O'Brien said the by-pass is an objective of the County Development Plan and the Local Area Plan but that it "boils down to funding". 

She added that the Council is trying to get funding and they had done their part too in the development of the business park. 

Ms O'Brien said the adjoining lands had been purchased by private developers and "hopefully work can be done in collaboration with them". 

"There is a plan and it is an objective of the County Plan," she said. 

Cllr John Murphy (FG) then responded and said that some business people had expressed concerns that a by-pass would "kill Bagenalstown with less footfall and less people". 

Cllr Tommy Kinsella (FG) said one filling station said it would likely close if the by-pass was built and that "we should be careful for what we wish for". 

In reponse Cllr Arthur McDonald (FF) said the by-pass has been talked about for 50 years and this is the "50th year of Fine Gael in power". 

Cllr Murphy objected to the suggestion that Fine Gael and not been doing anything on the by-pass.

In response to business concerns over the piece of road infrastructure, Cllr Foley (FG) said he was 40 years a public representative and "no one ever said: 'Don't look for a by-pass for Bagenalstown'". 

Fine Gael's Cllr Kinsella and Cllr Murphy then added that they never said they were against the proposal. 

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