N26 Road

  • Councillors in the Ballina area have again expressed their concerns that there are no improvements being currently planned for the N26 Ballina to Foxford road.

    At the monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District today Fine Gael Councillor John O’Hara proposed that TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) come down to Ballina to meet with the business community and local representatives to see the state of the road themselves at first hand.

    However, Councillor O’Hara’s proposal didn’t get unanimous support.

    There are currently 2 councillors who make representation to the TII as SPC road members.

    They are councillors Seamus Weir and Annie Mae Reape.

    The director of public services tom Gilligan said there is no difference in making representation from the members going to Dublin or the TII coming to Ballina asking questions.

    TII have been previously been invited down to Ballina regarding this matter but failed to do so.

    A delegation from Mayo County Council along with the two SPC members will be meeting with TII in Dublin on November 18th

    Cllr. O’Hara says TII need to come down to experience what the situation is like at first hand.

  • Gardai in Ballina are advising motorists that the N26 road between Ballina and Foxford is closed to traffic at present about 4 km the Ballina side of Foxford due to a collision.
    Emergency services are at the scene.
    Motorists are advised to divert through Knockmore / Pontoon.

  • A roundabout needs to be put in place on the N5 outside Swinford at the junction with the N26 - that's according to Swinford-based Fianna Fail Councillor Michael Smyth who's concerned about the increased number of collisions at this junction, known locally as Corrib Oil.

    He believes a roundabout would increase safety at this location, and would slow down heavy goods vehicles on their approach to Swinford.

    Councillor Smyth is to put down a notice of motion for the next council meeting, calling for a full review of the N5 at this junction, and intends to start a campaign in favour of a roundabout.

    He also says he will stage a protest on the N5 in the New Year to highlight the danger for motorists at this location.