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Irish Times carries a piece on the proposed Slane bypass: 'Slane bypass ruling later'

22nd June 2011

The following article appeared in the Irish Times newspaper today.

Slane bypass ruling later
Wed, Jun 22, 2011

AN BORD Pleanála has deferred a decision on Meath County Council's controversial plan for a 3.5km bypass of Slane village.

The N2 Slane Bypass would take traffic off the existing Dublin-Derry road via a new dual carriageway to the east of the village crossing the Boyne over a new 216m concrete bridge.

The planning board had been due to make a decision on the project this week.

However, a board representative has confirmed that the matter has been put back and is now due to be decided by August 30th.

Earlier this year an 18-day oral hearing on the impact of the project heard evidence from more than 30 witnesses, including world heritage expert Dr Douglas Comer.

The council and local residents say the bypass is needed to improve safety in Slane

Twenty-two people have died in road crashes there over the years.

Opponents of the bypass claim the project, especially the concrete bridge, would spoil views into and out of the Brú na Bóinne site which includes Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth.

The objectors also claim the bypass could endanger the area's status as a world heritage site.

© 2011 The Irish Times

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Members of the Bypass Slane Campaign spoke to the Bord Pleanála inspectors, Ms. Mairead Kenny and Mr Michael Walshe, at the end of the hearing and were given to understand that a decision was likely to take some time, longer than a normal planning application in front of the Bord. Given that the article has appeared now, 22nd June, it is implied, without saying so, that the Bord Pleanála decision was due around now. This is clearly not the case as the normal timeframe for the delivery of a decision on completion of an Oral Hearing is eighteen weeks. This means that, in the normal course of events, we could expect a decision by week ending 5th August. To suggest that a decision would have been made by now is obviously misleading. It is perhaps notable that the writer of the article is not named and it seems likely that it has been placed mischieviously by elements within the Irish Times antagonistic to this important road safety project. That the decision has been deferred, and the implication is that the deferral has just been announced, is also incorrect - the deferral is from 5th August to 30th August - but it is certainly not news to those who were directly involved in the Oral Hearing. This, as we were told, was to be expected from the outset.

The final decision on granting planinig permission will be made by the board of An Bord Pleanála following the submission of the report of the inspectors. It is likely that the board will meet several times on the issue before making a decision. If we can believe the report, it seems that there may be a decision by 30th August. However, it is highly likely that the process will take longer.

We will go on waiting and hope that there are no further incidents on the road, fatal or otherwise, in the meantime.

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