N5 upgrade ‘will be major boost’


The long-mooted upgrade of a 35km stretch of the N5 between Scramogue and Ballaghaderreen has been approved by Government. 

  On Wednesday, Minister Denis Naughten confirmed the approval of the N5 project. In a press statement, he said that approval has been issued on Wednesday to Roscommon County Council to submit the scheme to An Bord Pleanála for planning approval and CPO confirmation.

  Acknowledging the assistance of Transport Minister Shane Ross, Minister Naughten said that the project has been a priority for him since he was appointed to Cabinet by the Fine Gael-led Government. 

  Minister Naughten said the project will be a major economic boost to County Roscommon and the West of Ireland.

  “It will make the region far more attractive for both inward investment and for existing businesses in the region”.

  Senator Frank Feighan tweeted: ‘Strongly welcome Govt approval this evening for the long awaited upgrade of the N5 between Ballaghaderreen and Scramogue. Hope to see the road project moving to construction as soon as possible. Great news. #Roscommon’

  Minister Naughten added: “The decision to approve the project and submit it to An Bord Pleanála also means that the funding is now in place for this section of the N5.”