An Bord Pleanála has begun hearing submissions from various interest groups objecting to a proposed new road plan for the Dublin West area. More than 8,000 written objections were lodged.
South Dublin County Council is planning to build an Outer Ring Road linking the M4 with the M7. Residents say that this will cut through the heartland of communities in Clondalkin, Lucan and Tallaght. Mr Paul Carolan, who represents the Lucan Together for Quality of Life Group, said that the Outer Ring Road is no longer "outer". He said that the original road plan is about 20 years out of date. Mr Carolan added that it has been overtaken by the dramatic pace of housing developments in the Dublin West area and that hundreds of thousands of residents will be affected if it goes ahead.
A spokesman for South Dublin County Council said that the Outer Ring Road is essential to improve infrastructure links between the towns of Lucan, Clondalkin and Tallaght. The Government also regards the road as a key part of the Local Area Plan for the proposed new Adamstown development. Adamstown has been described as one of the largest single residential sites in the Dublin region. It can accommodate 8,000 houses and the planned completion date is ten years.