The head of the Chamber of Commerce says he hopes construction work will start on the Western Distributor Route in Sligo before the end of the year.
Aidan Doyle was commenting following the significant allocation of eleven million euro by Minister Shane Ross this morning toward the long-awaited project.
The Western Distributor Road will start from the Caltragh interchange on the N4, on the southern side of Sligo town.
It will lead to an IDA business park at Finisklin, as well as helping to develop a large area of land to the southwest of Sligo town, all of which are crucial for attracting new investment and creating much-needed new jobs.
The announcement of the €11m allocation was made this morning by Transport Minister Shane Ross.
It follows a meeting last August between the Independent Alliance minister and Independent Sligo Councillors Marie Casserly and Michael Clarke, as well as Independent MEP Marian Harkin and the CEO of Sligo Chamber, Aidan Doyle.
Afterwards, Independent Alliance Councillor Casserly was strongly criticised by other members of Sligo County Council for not informing them about the meeting with Minister Ross.
This morning, Cllr Casserly said the minister’s announcement is great news for Sligo.
Aidan Doyle says the Western Distributor Road is a vital piece of infrastructure when it comes to marketing the north west for foreign investment.