Planning application for long-awaited County Limerick footpath

Cllr Dan McSweeney and Minister Patrick O'Donovan at the site of the proposed footpath.

LIMERICK City and County Council has confirmed that it will lodge a planning application for a footpath between Clarina Village and the Brick Lodge.

The works will include the setting back of the footpath by six metres from the road and the construction of a four-metre shared surface.

This 700-metre stretch of road has seen a number of fatalities over the years and the need for this crucial infrastructure has been highlighted by many community groups.

The proposed works will include 700-metres of shared footpath/cycle lane set back from the main road for improved safety.

Local Fine Gael Councillor Dan McSweeney said he had worked hard on the delivery of this project over the last three years with Council staff.

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At times, progress seemed very slow but now we can look back and see how far this planned scheme has come. I look forward to see construction work get under way in the second half of 2023.

“Overall, this is good news for the area and it is important we acknowledge the community groups who have campaigned for such works over many years.”

Fine Gael TD and Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan said that having worked with Cllr McSweeney over the last few years to convince Limerick City and County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland to advance this scheme, he was glad to see it more to planning stage.

Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler also expressed his delight “after years of campaigning by public representatives going back to my father Richard Butler’s time and mainly by the community itself”.

“This brings us close to the delivery of the project and it something I am really thrilled with. Many people walk along this stretch of the road and this project will ensure it’s safe for them to do so. This, along with my efforts to secure a bus shelter for the village, will make it more accessible and safer for locals and visitors alike.”