Farmers opposed to new motorway refuse to co-operate with survey engineers

Farmers opposed to a relief road through Clonlara and Parteen have indicated they will not co-operate when engineers arrive to survey their land in the coming weeks.

And they have the support of local Fianna Fail councillor Cathal Crowe who has this Wednesday called on Clare County Council to call a halt to the surveys until such time as more information on the €100 million second phase of the Limerick northern distributor road is made public. But Cllr Crowe also appealed to landowners not to overstep the mark and to remain within the law.

Officials at both Clare County and Limerick City Council have said there are obvious regional benefits for an overall scheme that is part of Limerick Regeneration’s aim to open up Moyross and the northside of Limerick.

And improving links between Shannon Airport, Limerick city, UL and industry at Plassey would stimulate economic growth for the betterment of the entire region.

But residents of Clonlara, Parteen and Lisnagry are up in arms over the selected route, arguing it will split communities and farms – and traverse a known floodplain aggravating flood risk in Clonlara – when better options were available.

Cllr Crowe believes state and semistate bodies including the University of Limerick, Shannon Development and the ESB – as well as private companies – may have been influential in ruling out other potential routes which the farming community argues would have been more suitable.

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