Letterkenny Councillors are set to issue an invite to new Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to get a first-hand look at local roads issues.
Councillors have called for the meeting in order to stress the urgent need for investment in the Letterkenny roads network and the economic and safety benefits it would bring with it.
Cllr Michael McBride, who raised the idea with the Municipal District this week, said the lack of roads is a major issue that must be highlighted. “We don’t have to go back any further than last Friday, a Northern bank holiday weekend, Letterkenny was in gridlock,” Cllr McBride said.
Cllr McBride said he was concerned that the Donegal TEN-T project could be left behind if local representatives do not keep plans to the fore. He expressed his fears that the Limerick-Cork motorway could take precedence over the TEN-T and said that Letterkenny councillors have an onus to keep their faces in front of the minister to avoid any such things happening.
Cllr McBride has suggested that it would be preferable if Minister Ryan visited Letterkenny to take a walk around the town and see current problems with traffic. If a visit cannot be arranged, then a deputation of councillors would be happy to meet the minister in Dublin.
Cllr Ciaran Brogan seconded Cllr McBride’s motion, adding that it is important that the local authorities ‘keep ahead of the game’ in relation to the Bonagee Link.