Apologies if there's another thread about this, but it is now in the news as a DCU Economist is now objecting to the building of the motorway between Limerick and Cork.
DCU economist rejects Leo's insistence that Limerick-Cork motorway 'makes sense'A RESEARCHER WHOSE work has informed the upcoming national planning framework (NPF) has criticised plans for a motorway to connect Cork and Limerick.
Dr Edgar Morgenroth – Professor of Economics at DCU – said that plans for the €850 million motorway would undermine the proper growth of “second tier” cities in Ireland.
He rejected claims by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that the motorway would encourage the cities to grow faster.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Morgenroth said the motorway would not lead to the growth needed in cities like Cork and Limerick, but would instead lead to sprawl.
I'm unsure of his argument but I can tell from personal experience that the route from Cork to Limerick is shocking in some parts and would hardly be considered National Primary Road standard.
If the motorway is not build, some by-passes should be considered at least.