IFA meet over ‘new N5’, Murphy alludes to fears

Strokestown area Fianna Fail Councillor Eugene Murphy has appealed to some members of the general public who live along the route of the proposed new N5 route (as revealed here in the Roscommon People last week) not to panic at plans for the new road.   ‘I have been contacted by a lot of people who are worried about where this road will be going but there will be a lengthy consulatation process and  everyone will get a chance to make their input.’   Cllr. Murphy says that older people who live close the the proposed route are especially worried. ‘I can understand their fears totally but I can assure them that there will be plenty of time for everyone to know whats going on. If anyone is worried they should contact any of the local councillors who will explain the process.’   The proposed new route will start at Ballaghaderreen and extend past Frenchpark, Ballinagare, Elphin and Strokestown, joining the existing N5 at Scramogue Cross.   Meanwhile over 100 people attended an information meeting organised by the IFA on Tuesday night of this week in Ballinagare.   Two IFA experts explained to local farmers what the process is when a new road is being planned and there was a lot of concern expressed by locals at the meeting. Regional organiser Adrian Leddy says that the meeting was a great success.   ‘There was plenty of interest in the meeting and what the situation might be into the future but it’s fair to say that it’s very early days yet but we will be keeping a close eye on the situation.’