Options must be explored for N68

Options must be explored for N68

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Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Clare, Rita McInerney, says that the lower speed limit imposed on the N68 between Ennis and Kilrush is evidence of the urgent need for upgrading works to take place on the road.

Ms. McInerney said: “The N68 is the main thoroughfare in terms of accessing the Wild Atlantic Way from the motorway and Shannon airport. The lower speed limit, which I acknowledge has been imposed for safety reasons, is resulting in much longer commutes.

“The new restriction coupled with a lack of a meaningful upgrade on the road network is adding to the feelings of isolation in West Clare. We are increasingly dependent on tourism here and yet in a sense we are cutting people off from the area.

“I want the Government to look at the options available to them, whether it be through EU funding or via the Wild Atlantic Way strategy, to increase the quality and width of the road. This would mean that vehicles can travel safely at a reasonable speed.

“It’s important to remember that this is the main artery between Ennis and West Clare, we cannot allow it to be denigrated”, she concluded.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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