Another blow for Finn Valley
Fine Gael Cllr. Martin Harley said news that the National Roads Authority (NRA) will not advance new capital projects before 2014 is "a major setback" for the Ballybofey-Stranorlar bypass and "yet another blow for the Finn Valley".
Cllr. Harley was part of a county council delegation that met on Monday with NRA officials to lobby for priority roads projects. "I am very disappointed," Cllr. Harley said. He said he was annoyed on behalf of people who were affected by the delayed plans for the bypass, saying that they "are back in limbo for the foreseeable future". He said some people had been told 30 years ago that they may lose their homes to make way for the bypass, and that after this week's meeting with the NRA "it may be another 10 years, with the financial difficulties that are facing this country".
The councillor said that during the boom economy almost every major town south of the Dublin-Galway line received a bypass and a investment in their roads network, "and we got a 20 million euro bridge to keep a political party happy".