Senator O’Loughlin Fiona meets Minister Darragh O’Brien to push for a new bridge for Newbridge

Fianna Fáil Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has met with the Minister for Local Government Darragh O’Brien TD to push for progress on the issue of a second bridge for Newbridge.

Senator O’Loughlin said, “There are over 1500 houses in the eight housing estates and one-off houses that all access the town via one bridge.  It is simply crazy that in 2022 that we are still relying on one bridge that leads you right through the centre of town causing absolute pandemonium at rush hour.”

“I met with Minister Darragh O’Brien in Government buildings to discuss the absolute need for a new bridge for our community.”

“This new bridge which I have repeatedly called for, is not just for the benefit of Newbridge residents, although that is important, it is a vital aspect of the wider Newbridge South Orbital Relief Road (NSORR) project. A key infrastructural development for the whole county.”

“I communicated the urgency of this project and I believe that we need to see The Department of local government and Kildare County Council need to work together in a close and collaborative manner to drive this project forward, and the Minister committed to this.”

“The Minister understands the importance of this project and is committed to playing his part in ensuring the delivery of this bridge. His Dept have had ongoing engagement with Kildare County Council and funding opportunities will reopen within the next 6 months.”

Fiona concluded “This is a key aspect of our development and we need the next funding application for this project to be successful next time around. We simply cannot wait any longer, and I will continue to work with the Minister and Kildare County Council to drive this project forward.”