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Demonstration in Slane: Community turns out in support of Bypass

6th February 2011

The Slane community turned out in force today to welcome the announcement of the Bord Pleanála Oral Hearing and to press home the message that they are in favour of plans to bypass the village. In spite of persistent rain, a group of over 250 people made the effort to gather for the demonstration at the bottom of Mill Hill beside the twenty-two white crosses commemorating those who have lost their lives on the N2 so far. The turnout is a testament to the conviction of the community that a bypass is urgently needed and a very strong message was sent out that the community expects that the serious problems on the N2 through Slane will be finally dealt with for once and for all.

The following statement was issued following the demonstration:

 

PRESS RELEASE from Bypass Slane Campaign

6th February 2011

Slane Welcomes Bord Pleanála’s Announcement of Bypass Oral Hearing

It is clear that there is room for both the safety of the Slane community AND the continued appropriate protection of the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site.

A demonstration of support for the proposed Slane Bypass was held today, Sunday 6th February at midday at the twenty-two white crosses at the bottom of Mill Hill beside Slane Bridge, scene of several horrific crashes and deaths. In spite of the foul weather conditions, the demonstration was attended by over 250 local residents. Also showing their support were Shane McEntee, TD of Fine Gael and Senator Dominic Hannigan of Labour. A Bypass Slane Campaign spokesman addressed the group stating that there is clearly room for a solution to Slane’s road safety problems while maintaining the integrity of the nearby Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site. Residents were told that while the community has never been closer to this solution with the Bord Pleanála Oral Hearing due to start on 15th February the way ahead was likely to be tough and drawn out but that the very real needs of the Slane community must come to the fore. It is now clear to the Slane community that a HGV ban is not a viable solution. A ban on traffic was in place while Slane Bridge was closed recently for emergency repair works. This caused major traffic difficulties on minor roads around the wider Slane area, including a number of crashes.

Bord Pleanála’s announcement of the date for an Oral Hearing into the Slane Bypass has been welcomed by the Bypass Slane Campaign and the local community who have been waiting for decades for meaningful action on the issue. The case for a bypass of Slane is clear– the N2 through Slane has repeatedly visited tragedy on the Slane community over a period of some forty years. The lives of every man, woman and child living in Slane are put at risk on a daily basis as well as those of the many other users of the N2 passing through our village each day. The Bypass Slane Campaign is appealing to all parties participating in the upcoming Oral Hearing to engage in honest, fair and balanced debate, and to treat the situation in Slane with the seriousness that it deserves.

The Slane community is fully aware that construction of the bypass would have an impact on our local environment and heritage (not least the indirect impact on the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site). We believe that these impacts are not so significant that the project should not proceed. We strongly believe that the enormous benefits to the wider community in Slane which would result from this project–the significant improvement in road safety in the area and improvement in the quality of life–would overwhelmingly outweigh the perceived impacts on the heritage of our area, including the perceived effects on the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site, which is located a significant distance away from the proposed road. It seems clear that predicted impacts can be minimised easily through good design of the road and its associated infrastructure. There is room for both the safety of the Slane community and the continued appropriate protection of the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site.

The project has overwhelming local support–many local community groups and private individuals will be participating in the upcoming hearing–and we sincerely hope that a final resolution to the appalling road safety situation that has plagued our community for generations is now close at hand.

Bypass Slane Campaign Committee

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Contact us at bypassslanecampaign@gmail.com

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