€350 million Enniscorthy bypass will ‘utterly transform’ town

Long tailbacks in Enniscorthy in the heart of Co Wexford are set to become a thing of the past as locals finally welcome the opening on Thursday of a 26km bypass.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will today officially open the motorway section, which has been ten years in the making, cost nearly €350 million and is being heralded as a gamechanger for Enniscorthy.

Local TD and Minister of State Paul Kehoe believes the new road can transform his hometown.

“We have a fantastic structure in Enniscorthy,” Mr Kehoe said. “We have great schools, the road and rail connection make Dublin accessible, and house prices are still significantly lower than they are further north in the likes of Gorey.

“For anyone looking to return or relocate to Enniscorthy, it’s the ideal time. People could save upwards of €50,000 on the price of a house and make a great life here for their family,” he said.

Backing the creation of the technology park, Mr Kehoe said: “Enniscorthy has always been the poor relation for IDA investment, so they’ve taken it upon themselves. Obviously everything like that is somewhat of a gamble, and I don’t think we’ll see the full benefit of it for a number of years, but I have full faith that, with the flood relief scheme coming down the line too, Enniscorthy is going to be utterly transformed for the better.”