Éamon Ó Cuív says he’s ‘very concerned’ by the lack of progress being made on the N59 Oughterard to Clifden road over the past few months, citing a ‘lack of engagement between the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and Galway County Council’.
Deputy Ó Cuív explained: ‘The delays to this project are bordering on farcical at this point and it appears as if the authorities are oblivious to the importance of these upgrade works. This is the main road connecting Connemara, not only to Galway city, but to the rest of the county, and indeed the country. It would also give visitors and tourists greater ease of access to west Galway, Connemara and the Gaeltacht.
‘Minister Humphreys has indicated to me that there has been no further meeting between her Department officials, which have responsibility for the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and the County Council since April this year, but that “further engagement will proceed at pace, subject to the availability of key staff at the local authority”.
‘This is simply not good enough. There appears to be no sense of urgency in either the Department or Galway County Council to progress these upgrade works.
‘This is an extremely important project and it cannot be allowed to slide off the agenda. It is imperative that the issues with the National Parks and Wildlife Service are resolved without delay so that progress on the N59 can be made.’