Foynes to Limerick Road (including Adare Bypass) Project

  • Foynes to Limerick Road

The Foynes to Limerick Road (Including Adare Bypass) Project was approved by An Bord Pleanála in August 2022.  This approval was subsequently challenged by means of three separate judicial review proceedings before the High Court.

Following discussions between Limerick City and County Council and the three applicants, these proceedings have now been withdrawn from the High Court. 

Limerick City and County Council welcomes this development as it permits the proposed project to progress to the next stage of delivery and ultimately to connect the core Port of Foynes to the Motorway network near Limerick.

The proposed road is vital for the strategic development and expansion of Shannon Foynes Port, for West Limerick and the Mid-West Region in general and will be implemented as expeditiously as possible.

The road is comprised of the construction of approximately 15.6Km of dual carriageway from Foynes to Rathkeale (with approximately 1.9km of single carriageway road between Ballyclogh and Askeaton) along with the construction of approximately 17.5Km of motorway to connect Rathkeale to the existing Motorway network at Attyflin (N21/N20/M20 junction).  

This project will include a bypass of Adare, which will run to the north of the Village, and it will remove in the region of 70 – 80% of the traffic currently passing through the Village (c17,000 vehicles/day). The proposed road is vital to improve safety and remove traffic delays. There will also be a new Heavy Goods Vehicle Service Area near Foynes.

Limerick City and County Council is very conscious that approximately 200 landholdings (including 9 dwelling houses and approximately 105 farms) are impacted by the proposed road. Limerick City and County Council will be contacting all impacted landholders and householders over the next few weeks.

Limerick City and County Council will continue to work closely with Transport Infrastructure Ireland to deliver the project as expeditiously as possible.

Full details and documentation on the project are available on the website: 

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