A recent meeting 10 May 2021 of Tipperary County Council has passed two motions seeking the further and enhanced development of key pieces of transport infrastructure in the South East region. Both motions had the full support of the elected members and were passed unanimously.
The first motion called on the Government, in the light of Brexit and other market influences, to recognise the strategic value of the South-East Ports in Rosslare and Belview, Kilkenny. It stated the Government could do this through:
• Strategic investment in the Ports, in particular through the purchase of additional land for the expansion of Rosslare Europort and the advance construction of Rosslare Europort Harbour Access Road.
• Amalgamation of the ports structure and governance to create a Tier 1 port as a combined entity, and the
• Designation of the combined entity as the service port for off-shore renewables in the Irish and Celtic Seas.
The second motion requested that the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications and Transport, Mr. Eamon Ryan TD prioritises the planning, design and construction of the N24 Waterford to Limerick Corridor road project within the Review of the National Development Plan. It stated that the project is critical to the development of the South East region and to the achievement of national targets on addressing regional imbalance by connecting the cities of Waterford and Limerick, the South East, South West and Mid West Regions, Rosslare Europort, the Port of Waterford and existing strategic transport corridors including the M7 (Dublin - Limerick), M8 (Dublin-Cork) and M9 (Dublin-Carlow-Kilkenny-Waterford) motorways.
The Council also unanimously supported a motion in relation to the high levels of heavy traffic passing through Tipperary Town and requested that the section of the route around Tipperary Town be prioritised in both the construction and completion phases of the N24 Cahir to Limerick scheme project.
The motions arose from a meeting of the South East First Citizens Forum held on the 23rd April, 2021, where it was agreed that support be sought from all local authorities in the South East for the recognition of strategic value of Rosslare and the progression of the N24 Waterford to Limerick Corridor. The Forum brings together the First Citizens from Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford with the key goal of addressing the structural challenges faced by the South East.
Speaking on behalf of the people of Tipperary, Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council, Councillor Michael Smith said: “This collaboration is very important in addressing the structural deficits in the South East with a view to attracting businesses and people to the region”