Deputy Alan Kelly has welcomed the High Court decision allowing the construction of the new Ballina / Killaloe bridge over the River Shannon to proceed.
“This is fantastic news for Ballina and Killaloe and the residents and business people in the area.
“I announced that funding (€42m) had been secured in the Capital Budget back in September for the proposed new bridge.
“This project has been a priority of mine since entering politics and it was my ambition to see it progress. I have worked on this for the last five years to ensure the money was ringfenced," he said.
The project involves a 2km single carriageway bypass of Killaloe, a 170m bridge over the Shannon, and an upgrade of approximately 3.3kms of the R494 in Ballina.
He said this will have huge benefits for residents, businesses and tourists in Ballina / Killaloe and surrounding areas.