Sir, – The decision by An Taisce in November 2014 to seek a judicial review of the proposed improvement work on the section of the N86 from Dingle to Camp has saddened, disappointed and angered the vast majority of those living on the Dingle Peninsula and those who visit on a regular basis.
Their insistence on bringing this project back before the court, places road improvement which has been campaigned for since 2000 in jeopardy of not going ahead.
If this were to happen, it would be a huge setback for one of the most isolated areas in the country.
In October 2010 Kerry Co Council sought advice and direction from An Bord Pleanála on how to progress the upgrade of the N86. The council adhered fully to the advice given by An Bord Pleanála since then.
The N86 road from Tralee to Dingle carries a high volume of motor traffic, lorries, buses, coaches, cyclists and walkers, especially during the tourist season. Due to bends and its width, it is extremely dangerous in many places. Traffic is set to increase further due to the route being part of the Wild Atlantic Way and the Dingle Peninsula being identified as a cycling destination by Fáilte Ireland.
Over the past 10 years 75 collisions have been recorded on this route, 25 people have been seriously injured and sadly eight people have been fatally injured. These statistics indicate clearly that this road is unsafe for modern usage, as presently constructed.
Kerry General Hospital which services the peninsula is 48km from Dingle and over 65km from Dún Chaoin. This journey takes well over an hour especially during the summer months or holiday periods.
Previous and present generations of Corca Dhuibhne/the Dingle Peninsula have maintained and enhanced the rich heritage, culture, tradition agus an teanga Gaelinne. They worked hard to protect and preserve their environment.
Connectivity is vital to ensure a stable and vibrant population into the future.
A much improved N86 is our lifeline to this future. – Is mise le meas, Cllr SÉAMUS COSAÍ FITZGERALD Dingle, Co Kerry.
Photos courtesy of Marian Flaherty – http://www.dinglenews.com