Cllr Naoise O’Cearuil welcomes Funding for Maynooth Footbridge

A new footbridge on Mill Street Maynooth has gotten the go ahead after years of campaigning by Cllr. Naoise Ó Cearúil.

The matter was raised by the Maynooth based councillor once again at the March meeting of the Maynooth Municipal District.

Cllr. Ó Cearúil has long highlighted how the current bridge does not cater for the huge number of pedestrians crossing it every day. Commenting on the matter, he said “We have a situation where young children and all other pedestrians have had to walk on the road as there is not enough space on the footpath. I have seen first hand where women with buggies have had to walk on the road and it is not good enough and I’m afraid of any accidents happening. I’ve been looking for this footbridge for some time and I’m delighted for our town that it has gotten the go ahead”.

Kildare County Council confirmed to the councillor that they had confirmation of funding the National Transport Authority of €410,000 to proceed with Phase 5 of the Maynooth North-South Corridor. They also confirmed that a detailed design of the phase will commence in summer 2018.

Darren Smyth, General Manager of Manor Mills Shopping Centre commented that, “We have seen from the centre’s point of view that this is really needed. Not only for our shoppers but for the safety of all pedestrians in the town. Its been great to work with Naoise again on another project”.

Ó Cearúil concluded by saying, “I only received confirmation on the day of the meeting that the funding had been secured and I will continue to press for improvements for the betterment of our town”.

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