Fine Gael TD says funding for N86 being held in place despite judicial review

A Kerry Fine Gael TD has claimed that over €4 million which had been allocated for the realignment of the N86 road is still available despite a judicial review being taken by An Taisce. Kerry County Council has been advised that the money has been withdrawn because of the forthcoming court action but Deputy Brendan Griffin says the money is being held in place. Brendan Griffin Last week, the chief executive of Kerry County Council said that the €4.35 million previously allocated by the National Roads Authority for the upgrading of the N86 had been withdrawn pending the judicial review.  Moira Murrell told councillors that the allocation is to be deducted from the council’s roads budget. In a letter to the council, the NRA said that the An Taisce action would likely have a negative impact on the project. Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin says however that he has received a commitment from the Minister for Transport that the money will be ‘held in place’ for the foreseeable future. Deputy Griffin said he had also requested a meeting with An Taisce, Ireland’s National Trust, to discuss the matter but they had refused to meet him. He says the road realignment is essential for the economic development of the Dingle Peninsula.