Cllr Wayne Harding has said that the funding of €350,000 for the Slane Bypass will see the project return to An Bord Pleanala for planning this year.

“This further funding will enable the different elements of the project be completed and return to the Bord. It is a very long process and I want to compliment everyone involved from Meath County Council, the TII and our consultants.

“Slane has lost a decade since the Bord overturned their own inspectors recommendation to put the project on further information and outright refusal causing widespread anger within the community.

“The prize at the end of this would see the dangerous N2 Slane bypass being removed from the heritage village and being replaced by a pedestrian and cycle entrance route to the village off the Boyne Greenway which today itself received €100,000 so as a preferred route option can be published possibly as early as April.”