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Press release - Athy Distributor Road

Kildare County Council has been granted permission from An Bord Pleanála to proceed with the Athy Distributor Road. The Board considered the environmental impact statement submitted and agreed with the Inspector's assessment of the likely significant effects of the proposed road development and agreed with the Inspector's conclusions on the acceptability of the mitigation measures proposed and residual effects. The Board concluded that the effects on the environment of the proposed road development would be acceptable and adopted the report of the Inspector.

The Board also considered that the acquisition by the local authority of the lands in question, and the extinguishment of public and private rights of way, as set out in the Compulsory Purchase Order, and on the deposited maps, subject to minor modifications, are necessary for the purpose stated.

Niall Morrissey, Director of Services, welcomed the decision of the Board and advised that subject to funding approval from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the project will move forward in 2018.

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