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N25/N27 Kinsale Road Interchange officially opened

The N25/N27 Kinsale Road Interchange was officially opened on Monday October 9 2006 by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheál Martin T.D. at an unveiling ceremony at the Interchange. The event was attended by the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Michael Ahern, County Mayor Cllr John O’Shea, the City and County Managers and Councillors and officials from both councils as well as representatives from the main contractor Ascon and the National Roads Authority.

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Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheál Martin T.D., photographed with the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Michael Ahern and the County Mayor Cllr. John O’Shea.

 

Speaking at a subsequent reception at the Clarion Hotel, Cork , the Lord Mayor Michael Ahern congratulated all parties concerned for bringing the project to fruition:
“ It’s not often, particularly when one hears reports of time and cost overruns on substantial projects, that one can boast of a project completed a full six months ahead of schedule and within budget, but this project with a total value of 50 Million Euro has achieved just that. This level of efficiency does not happen by accident. It is a function of the synergy created when a diverse group co-operates to such a level that the whole is more than just the sum of its parts.” said the Lord Mayor

Minister Martin earlier stressed the importance of the completion of the interchange to the region’s economic prosperity stating “The opening of N25/N27 Kinsale Road Interchange is another major milestone in the upgrading of our national road network. With upgraded roadways, journey times will be cut and movement of goods becomes more efficient. In today’s competitive environment, time savings generate an economic advantage and these savings are translated, ultimately, into jobs. Despite the phenomenal success of the Irish economy in recent years, the creation and maintenance of jobs must remain a priority for every one of us” concluded Minister Martin.

The Scheme was funded by the Irish Government under the National Development Plan 2000 - 2006 with assistance from structural funds of the European Union. The overall project cost will be approximately €50 million.

 

Press Release issued 9th October 2006

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