Ireland's First Motorway 1983

On this day 30 years ago Charlie Bird reports for RTÉ News on the completion of the first motorway in Ireland as workers put the final touches to three years of work ahead of the official opening by Tanaiste Dick Spring just days away.

The Naas motorway by-pass will soon become a familiar route for travellers from Dublin to the south-west if Ireland. At a cost of just over £18 million for a stretch of 5 miles of road, the road has been completed a year ahead of schedule and the project is being heralded as a milestone in the country's road construction programme. The new motorway is expected to relieve the town of Naas of about 12,000 vehicles every day. There is also good news for drivers as the proposed toll charges have been abandoned by Kildare county council.

Naas By-Pass (1983)
An aerial view of the Naas bypass in County Kildare, shortly before completion, in January 1983. The photographer was Des Gaffney.

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