Ibec welcomes decision on Foynes road

August 31, 2022

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has welcomed An Bord Pleanála’s approval of the Foynes to Limerick Road Scheme. Last year, Ibec presented at the An Bord Pleanála Oral Hearing in support of the scheme. 
Helen Leahy, Ibec Head of Regional Policy said: “The Foynes to Limerick Road Scheme is a key component of regional and national transport infrastructure. The scheme, which includes the Adare bypass and a 17 kilometre extension to the existing motorway at Patrickswell, will enhance regional accessibility and address traffic congestion challenges, improving journey times, reliability and safety for all road users. It will be a key enabler of economic growth for the entire Mid-West, facilitating the sustainable growth of tourism, employment and population in the region.  
“Shannon Foynes Port is critical to the Mid-West region’s future prosperity and employment opportunities, including the prospect of a multi-year roll-out of investment in offshore renewable energy off the west coast. Harnessing the potential of the Port is contingent upon having high quality access infrastructure and connectivity. Such connectivity must be in place by 2030 if Shannon Foynes is to retain its designation as a Core Port under EU regulations.  
“Given the significance of this scheme to regional development, it is imperative that it progresses without further delay, is delivered in the shortest timeframe and to the required standard to support the projected growth of Shannon Foynes Port, Limerick and the wider region.”