Council may challenge decision on Adare bypass


LIMERICK County Council has not ruled out seeking a judicial review of a decision by Bord Pleanála to refuse planning permission for an Adare bypass.

Some 10,000 cars pass through the village of Adare every day, which is also the main route for N21 motorists driving from Shannon Airport, Dublin and Limerick to Kerry and the southwest holiday area.

In its decision Bord Pleanála said it was not satisfied that the selected route for bypassing the village was necessarily the “optimum solution”.

It said the proposed N21 development would, if permitted and constructed, constitute “isolated infrastructure” and would not have the potential to fulfil the functions envisaged for the scheme.

The proposed bypass was linked to plans for a Limerick to Cork motorway, one of a list of national infrastructure projects withdrawn earlier this year.

Limerick County Council has until the middle of next month to seek a judicial review of Bord Pleanála’s decision.

According to Paul Crowe, director of services, travel and transportation at the council, nothing has been ruled out.

“We are looking at all options that are there and what issues are arising and where we go.

“That will take another week or 10 days before we have a clear view as to what might be emerging.”

Mr Crowe said it would be premature to comment on whether or not the council would consider an alternative route for the bypass, but insisted the local authority was satisfied the correct route was advanced.