The latest stretch of new road in Ireland is a mile long dual carriageway through the Curragh.

The new dual carriageway is the latest infrastructural project for County Kildare. At just over a mile long the new road cost over £2.5 million.

The Curragh has for many years been an accident blackspot so today's opening will be welcomed by the ten thousand drivers who use it every day.

Special fencing has been erected along the road to keep sheep off and it is hoped that later two bridges will be built to allow racehorses and sheep to cross the road safely. 

The road was opened without the ceremony of the opening of the five mile Naas bypass in October 1983. Plans are in place for works to begin in 1985 on the seven mile Newbridge bypass. 

In the long term, a motorway from Dublin to Portlaoise is envisaged.

Several bypasses have opened around Dublin in the past year at Cabinteely, Swords and Palmerstown, all of which have been welcomed by the Automobile Association (AA) and the Road Hauliers Association. However, both organisations say that a lot of money will have to be spent to make up for the years of neglect of Irish roads. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 28 August 1984. The reporter is Joe O'Brien.