It will likely be a number of years before a road linking the Gort and Tulla Roads in Ennis will be completed.
The first phase of the Northern Inner Relief Road link opened this morning, connecting the Gort Road with the Ennis Information Age Park.
It’s hoped it will lead to a boost in investment in the area, but the final section of the road is some way off as Clare FM’s Fiona Mc Garry reports:
What became known as the “Road To Nowhere” in Ennis is finally going somewhere.
The first phase of the Ennis Northern Inner Relief Road link opened this morning, connecting the Gort Road with the Ennis Information Age Park.
3,500 jobs were predicted for the technology park when it first opened in 2007, and as today’s announcement improves access into the site, it’s now hoped that this potential can be realised.
Senior Engineer with Clare County Council, Tom Tiernan hopes it will lead to a boost in investment.
The local authority says the development is of “strategic importance” for the town, while it’s also the beginning of a new link road which will connect the Gort and Tulla Roads.
But the construction of the final section is years off.
Ennis Fianna Fáil Councillor Pat Daly says it’s vital that this route is prioritised.