Major Donegal road projects shelved due to Government cuts

Donegal will be one of the worst affected counties in the country by today's confirmation that work on all major new road projects is being suspended because of spending cutbacks.

Roads projects affected in Donegal include the N56 Mountcharles to Inver Road which was to comprise of 4.9 Killometeres of new road eliminateing a number of dangerous bends.

Also shelved is the proposed N56 Dungloe to Glenties project, only in March funding was approved for this with a council meeting in Lifford told how it would open up the west of Donegal to the rest of Ireland.

In terms of National Primary Routes - plans to upgrade the N14 Lifford to Letterkenny Road will not now go ahead as scheduled - this despite it being one of the most dangerous stretches in the country and seen as key in tying in with the proposed A5 upgrade in the North.

No work will take place on the N15 Lifford to Twin Towns Stretch, the Ballybofey  / Stranorlar by-pass is further long fingered while improvements to the N15 Bundoran to Sligo road are also off the agenda.

The decision to shelve these projects, along with 4 others across the country, was taken by the NRA at the direction of Transport Minister - Leo Varadkar