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6th October 2020 - Public Consultation 3 update

The Emerging Preferred Route Public Consultation is now complete and the project team would sincerely like to thank all those who contributed and participated in meetings (online, by phone or in person) with the project team. The information we have received will be of significant benefit to the conclusion of the current phase of the project and will help inform the next design phase also. The project team are still available to be contacted by phone or email, should you have any further queries.

24th August 2020 -  ‘Emerging Preferred Route Corridor Published’

An ‘Emerging Preferred Route Corridor’ has been published and the project is now moving to the third stage of non-statutory public consultation.

A third period of non-statutory public consultation seeking feedback on the ‘Emerging Referred Route Corridor’ will run between Tuesday, 25th August 2020 and will run for six weeks until 5th October 2020.

Landowners within the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor will receive an information pack by post on or after the 25th August 2020. The information pack will include drawings and maps of the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor, information on the Option Selection process to date and details of this third public consultation. A leaflet will be delivered to properties within the other Route Corridor Options on or after the 25th August 2020 advising that the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor has been identified and that the public consultation process has commenced.

Public Consultation Format

Due to the threat COVID-19 poses to human health, it is not planned to hold large scale public events as part of the ‘Emerging Preferred Route Corridor’ public consultation process. In response to the COVID-19 restrictions, an online public consultation experience has been developed on the project website https://n2.virtualeventspace.io/ – this is now live. This online public consultation experience will allow stakeholders and the general public to view maps, project information and express their opinion in a safe and accessible environment.

It is understood that online information cannot be accessed by everyone, and to this end a range of options will be available for people to speak directly with and meet members of the Project Team during the public consultation period, including:

  • Through the project phoneline (087 340 3786), where members of the team will be available to give an overview of the project and answer general questions.
  • Email queries will be accepted throughout the public consultation period at ArdeeCastleblayney@N2MonaghanLouth.ie.
  • During the first three weeks of the public consultation period, 25th August – 11th September, members of the public can arrange meetings with a member of the Project Team by phone or using digital technologies
  • During the second three weeks of the planned consultation period, 14th September – 2nd October, in-person meetings will be available by appointment at venues in Monaghan Town and Carrickmacross. These in-person meetings will allow for social distancing and will adhere to all COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions to safeguard the health of the public and staff.

Anyone affected by the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor or with an interest in the scheme is encouraged to make an appointment to speak with or meet the Project Team, and to submit feedback through the public consultation process.

Submissions can be made electronically via the online public consultation experience, by email to ArdeeCastleblayney@N2MonaghanLouth.ie, or by FREEPOST up until 5th October 2020.

Feedback received through this public consultation process will be considered by the Project Team and amendments may be made to the Route Corridor before a Preferred Route Corridor is finalised. The Preferred Route Corridor and Option Selection Report will then be published. Stakeholders and the general public will be kept informed of progress as part of Monaghan and Louth County Council’s commitment to ongoing and considered stakeholder engagement. Updates, news and details will be posted on the website www.N2MonaghanLouth.ie and through media notices.

17th August 2020 -  ‘Emerging Preferred Route Corridor’

An ‘Emerging Preferred Route Corridor’ is being published and the project is now moving to the third stage of non-statutory public consultation.

An ‘Emerging Preferred Route Corridor’ for the scheme will be published at 6pm on Monday, 24th August 2020 on the project website www.N2MonaghanLouth.ie. Details of the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor will also be published through local media and social media that week. A third period of non-statutory public consultation seeking feedback on the ‘Emerging Referred Route Corridor’ will begin on Tuesday, 25th August 2020 and will run for six weeks until 5th October 2020.

Landowners within the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor will receive an information pack by post on or after the 25th August 2020. The information pack will include drawings and maps of the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor, information on the Option Selection process to date and details of this third public consultation.

A leaflet will be delivered to properties within the other Route Corridor Options on or after the 25th August 2020 advising that the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor has been identified and that the public consultation process has commenced.

Public Consultation Format

Due to the threat COVID-19 poses to human health, it is not planned to hold large scale public events as part of the ‘Emerging Preferred Route Corridor’ public consultation process. In response to the COVID-19 restrictions, an online public consultation experience has been developed on the project website www.N2MonaghanLouth.ie – this will go live at 6pm on Monday 24th August 2020. This online public consultation experience will allow stakeholders and the general public to view maps, project information and express their opinion in a safe and accessible environment.

It is understood that online information cannot be accessed by everyone, and to this end a range of options will be available for people to speak directly with and meet members of the Project Team during the public consultation period, including:

  • Through the project phoneline (087 340 3786), where members of the team will be available to give an overview of the project and answer general questions.
  • Email queries will be accepted throughout the public consultation period ArdeeCastleblayney@N2MonaghanLouth.ie.
  • During the first 3 weeks of the public consultation period, 25th August – 11th September, members of the public can arrange meetings with a member of the Project Team by phone or using digital technologies
  • During the second 3 weeks of the planned consultation period, 14th September – 2nd October, in-person meetings will be available by appointment at venues in Monaghan Town and Carrickmacross. These in-person meetings will allow for social distancing and will adhere to all COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions to safeguard the health of the public and staff.

Once the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor has been published, anyone affected by the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor or with an interest in the scheme is encouraged to make an appointment to speak with or meet the Project Team, and to submit feedback through the public consultation process.

The third non-statutory consultation on the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor will be held between 25th August and 5th October 2020. Submissions can be made electronically via the website www.N2MonaghanLouth.ie, by email to ArdeeCastleblayney@N2MonaghanLouth.ie, or by FREEPOST up until 5th October 2020.

Feedback received through this public consultation process will be considered by the project team and amendments may be made to the Route Corridor before a Preferred Route Corridor is finalised. The Preferred Route Corridor and Option Selection Report will then be published. Stakeholders and the general public will be kept informed of progress as part of Monaghan and Louth County Council’s commitment to ongoing and considered stakeholder engagement. Updates, news and details will be posted on the website www.N2MonaghanLouth.ie and through media notices.

5th August 2020 - Second Public Consultation Report on proposed N2 Ardee to Castleblayney Road Schemes published

Monaghan County Council is working in association with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to upgrade two sections of the N2/A5 Dublin-Derry Road. One element of the project, the Clontibret to Border road scheme, will upgrade a 28km section of the N2. Monaghan County Council is working in partnership with Louth County Council to upgrade the second element of the project - a 32km section of the N2 between Ardee and Castleblayney. Together with the other improvements planned for the N2/A5 route, the proposed schemes will significantly improve transport connectivity along the N2 and provide safer and more efficient access to other strategic national roads. 

A first public consultation took place for the ‘Study Area and Constraints’ for both schemes in June/July 2019. The key constraints within the study area were reviewed and feedback received through the public consultation was considered. Six Route Corridor Options were then identified for each scheme and a second public consultation was held on the ‘Route Corridor Options’ in late 2019.  

Public consultation events were held in the main towns along the routes, providing an opportunity to call in and meet the project team to find out more about the project. One-to-one meetings were also available in the N2 Project Office in Monaghan Town, and over 90 such meetings took place. Queries were also addressed through the project phoneline and via email, and all public consultation information was available to view on the project website www.N2MonaghanLouth.ie. Through the public consultation process the public was asked to provide feedback for consideration by the project team when identifying an Emerging Preferred Route Corridor for each Scheme.  

The ‘Route Corridor Options’ public consultation for the N2 Clontibret to Border scheme took place over six weeks between 22nd October 2019 and 5th December 2019. Over 200 submissions were received by email, post, phone and at the public consultation events. The public consultation on the ‘Route Corridor Options’ for the N2 Ardee to Castleblayney Road Scheme took place over six weeks between 5th November 2019 and 19th December 2019. Over 900 submissions were received by email, post, phone and at consultation events.  

A Post Consultation Report has now been prepared for the ‘Route Corridor Options’ non-statutory public consultation for each scheme, summarising how the public consultations were advertised and managed, setting out how many people participated and providing an overview of the type of feedback received. The post consultation reports are available to download from the project website www.N2MonaghanLouth.ie.  

 ‘Public consultation is a very important part of the planning and design process for these major infrastructure projects. We thank everybody who took an interest in the public consultation and gave feedback verbally or through a written submission. Each and every submission has been reviewed by the Project Team and the feedback and opinions expressed are being considered as part of the process to identify an Emerging Preferred Route Corridor for each scheme. The transparency of the public consultation process is supported by the publication of these Post Consultation Reports, which are now available to view on the project website www.N2MonaghanLouth.ie’ said Patricia Monahan, Director of Services for Monaghan County Council. 

The N2 Project Team continue to work on the project and can be contacted through the project phoneline or by email. The project phone number is 087 340 3786. A member of the project team will be available during office hours to answer any queries or will return calls on the next working day.

2nd April 2020

The N2 Project Team is still on hand to answer any queries through a manned phoneline and dedicated email. 

To protect project staff, the general public and to reduce the transmission of covid-19, the N2 Project Office located in Monaghan Town is temporarily closed as a result of the recommended COVID- 19 restrictions, but will open again when restrictions are lifted.

The N2 Project Team continue to work on the project remotely and the team can still be contacted through the manned project phoneline or by email. 

The project phone number is: 087 340 3786. A member of the project team will be available during office hours to answer any queries, or will return any calls left out of office hours on the next working day.

The email addresses for the schemes are:    ArdeeCastleblayney@N2MonaghanLouth.ie     and    ClontibretBorder@N2MonaghanLouth.ie


We hope all of our project stakeholders stay safe and well during this difficult period.

13th March 2020 COVID - 19 restrictions

In light of recent developments we would like to advise we have suspended meetings in the project office. However, we will continue to address queries on the project by phone or by email.

ArdeeCastleblayney@N2MonaghanLouth.ie  

TEL: 087 340 3786

13th January 2020 - Second non-statutory public consultation update

The Project Team would like to thank all contributors for taking the time to engage with the project team and for making submissions during the recent non-statutory public consultation period. The feedback will be considered and the consultants will undertake studies and surveys along the route, and will carry out an appraisal of the route options before identifying an Emerging Preferred Route Corridor. The Emerging Preferred Route Corridor will then go on display during another period of non-statutory public consultation, and further feedback will be invited and considered before the Preferred Route Corridors are finalised.  


13th November 2019 - Extension of time for submissions for 'Route Corridor Options' Public Consultation

Due to feedback received during the public consultation period, the date for submissions to the ‘Route Corridor Options’ public consultation has been extended by 2 weeks until Thursday, 19th December 2019. Submissions can be made as follows:

Email: ArdeeCastleblayney@N2MonaghanLouth.ie

POST: FREEPOST N2 Ardee to Castleblayney Scheme, Monaghan County Council, County Offices, The Glen, Monaghan, H18 YT50.

31st October - Second Public Consultation on Route Corridor Options on the N2 Ardee to Castleblayney Road Scheme

Monaghan County Council is working in partnership with Louth County Council and in association with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to develop a scheme to upgrade a 32km section of the N2/A5 Dublin-Derry Road. The proposed project is in Counties Monaghan and Louth, between Ardee and Castleblayney.
(click here to read the full press release.)

26th July 2019 Public Consultation 1 - ‘Study Area & Constraints’ Public Consultation Period concludes

The first public consultation on the 'Study Area and Constraints' for the N2 Ardee to Castleblayney Scheme took place in June/July 2019. Public Consultation events took place in the Glencarn Hotel in Castleblayney on the 25th June, the Nuremore Hotel in Carrickmacross on 26th June, and the Ardee Parish Centre in Ardee on 27th June 2019. Submissions in relation to the project could be made up until the 25th July 2019. The submission period has now closed. All feedback received will be considered by the project team as part of the Post-Consultation Report which will be published on this website.

Keep up to date with all the latest news on the N2 Ardee to Castleblayney scheme here.

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