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Clare to Cork in 1hr 15min? M18 motorway funding announcement

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AN Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD has announced that the M20 Limerick to Cork is moving ahead and to say the least, people are pretty delighted.

The announcement by Mr Varadkar in Cork this morning that funding has been secured to commence the planning process and that the project will be included in the 10-year plan was welcomed as a huge boost for balanced regional development.

The confirmation of the 80 kilometre M20 Motorway also means that travel time between Limerick and Cork will be only 47 minutes – so we’ve calculated (a lot of scientific research went into this) that Clare commuters won’t be on the road between Ennis and Cork for much longer than one hour and a quarter.

Reacting, Dr. James Ring, Limerick Chamber CEO, said: “This is one of the most significant moments in terms of rebalancing the national economy. This now means we will have a seamless motorway from Cork to Limerick and Galway, which creates enormous possibilities for economic development along this Atlantic corridor.”

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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