A local Councillor says he is confident there will be progress on Cloongullane Bridge on the N26 in the short rather than the long term.

Fine Gael Cllr Jarlath Munnelly was speaking following today’s meeting of Ballina Municipal District, where other councillors outlined details of a meeting with Transport Infrastructure Ireland on Monday last.

Cllr Annie-May Reape, who was one of the councillors who attended that meeting told Midwest News earlier that despite the delegation highlighting the importance of a number of projects, including work at Cloongullane Bridge on the N26 between Swinford and Foxford, they are not included in the National Framework Plan, so they could be 5 of possibly more years down the line.

However Cllr Munnelly says there is a planning application in front of An Bord Pleanala for realignment work on a stretch of the road at Cloongullane Bridge and there should be a decision on that in the next month.

He says that if there is a positive outcome from that application, he is expecting it will be funded in some way next year.

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