‘M2/N2/A5 Dublin-Derry Motorway Community Groups to Co-Operate on Motorway Campaign’

PRESS RELEASE – SAVE NEWGRANGE – 27 August 2010

‘M2/N2/A5 Dublin-Derry Motorway Community Groups to Co-Operate on MotorwayCampaign’

Three campaign groups, working on different sections of the proposed M2/N2/A5 motorway, which will eventually run from Dublin to Derry, have agreed to work co-operatively.

Save Newgrange will work in co-operation with the Alternative A5 Alliance, based in Northern Ireland, and the Don’t Bypass the Bypass campaign group in Monaghan, to share information and assist the public in participating in the different consultations under way.

The Alternative A5 Alliance is challenging the need for the upgrade of the A5 primary route, from the Border to Derry, which at 55 miles will be the longest single road project ever undertaken in Northern Ireland. Northern and Southern roads authorities are planning this section of the road together, and the Irish Government has committed to pay for a share of it.

Don’t Bypass the Bypass are challenging the need to for the new N2 Clontibret to the Border plan, which will bypass the N2 Monaghan bypass, opened just four years ago’ by Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey.

Save Newgrange is opposing the N2 Slane Bypass route, which runs just 500m from the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site, and will impact over 44 archaeological sites. We have challenged the public consultation process as being flawed, since the people of Northern Ireland were excluded.

All three groups are currently asking the public to make submissions to Monaghan County Council on the route selection process for the N2 Clontibret to the Border project. Due to public outcry locally, the deadline for submissions has been extended to 31 of August. The cost of making submissions is free, and they can be emailed to the council’s Roads Division. (lmcdonal@monaghancoco.ie)

Lynne Smyth, Secretary of the Alternative A5 Alliance, said:

“The Alternative A5 Alliance is delighted to be able to cooperate with the other campaign groups along the route of this proposed road. Together we must alert the people of Ireland to the catastrophe these ‘ghost roads’ will cause.

“This is not the time to be tarmacing over our farmland and natural habitat. It is time to seek a sustainable transport option which will serve our future needs as well as that of our grandchildren – as they will be paying for it.

Noel Murphy, a spokesman for Don’t Bypass the Bypass, said:

“Its great to be working in co-operation with the other groups, and we need to remain so going forward. We are calling on all members of the public to make submissions to Monaghan County Council, and challenge this outrageous waste of taxpayers’ money.”

Vincent Salafia of Save Newgrange said:

“We are delighted to have North-South co-operation between our community groups
along the proposed M2/A5. The people of Northern Ireland should have a say in
what happens to the Brú na Bóinne Unesco World Heritage Site, since they are
paying for part of the road that will severely impact it.”

“We welcome the intervention of Dr Edgar Morgenroth, associate economist with
the ESRI, who said the N2/M2 plans are “idiocy’, and called for the HGV ban to
be implemented in Slane.

ENDS

Contact: Vincent Salafia 087-132-3365
http://www.savenewgrange.net
http://twitter.com/savenewgrange

Lynne Smyth +44-(0)7515 066970
http://www.alternativea5alliance.com

Noel Murphy 087-656-0363
http://www.dontbypassthebypass.com

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