Huge support for protest

An estimated 1,000 people took to the streets to voice their insistence that the completion of the Ring Road is the only way forward.

An estimated 1,000 people took to the streets to voice their insistence that the completion of the Ring Road is the only way forward.

The protest, one of the biggest ever seen in the city was a colourful event with several people carrying banners with slogans which clearly reflected the opposition that is ever growing in the city to the Central Access Scheme.

One of the campaign organisers, Geni Murphy said she was delighted with the turnout.

“We expected maybe 300 people but somewhere approaching 1,000 people turned up to show their opposition to this new road. We feel that the Council will now have to genuinely engage with our group in order to address the concerns of the community.

“We are buoyed up by the support that we received today and it will encourage us to keep this campaign going until the Council recognises that the Ring Road must be completed in advance of the CAS,’ she said.

Sean Hickey, who is a graduate of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy at University College Dublin said that the Central Access Scheme would only stunt growth in the city centre.

“It will only encourage traffic coming in from the Callan bypass to cut through the city onto the motorway, It is a disgrace a number of protected views have been relinquished,” he said.

Elinor Mountain who moved to Kilkenny 20 years ago from the UK said that the heritage and medieval character of the city is at risk of being destroyed by the CAS.