THE LACK of an agreement between farmers and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) could delay the €450m Foynes to Limerick motorway project – and the Adare bypass essential to the 2027 Ryder Cup – say Limerick IFA. Farmers are disappointed that a new and updated co-operation agreement between TII and IFA hasn’t been agreed to replace one dating from 2016, said Sean Lavery, Limerick IFA chairman.

“Farmers impacted by the project have received letters from the county council requesting co-operation to access their lands for a walking survey. Some farmers have already refused access to council staff for a variety of reasons, but the main reason is the lack of a meaningful co-operation agreement,” said Mr Lavery.

It is understood around 10 farmers have declined to allow walking surveys of their land this week, thus far, with more expected to follow suit.

“The last agreement dates from before the Celtic Tiger era and was reduced in value to €3,000 per acre during the economic crisis. While IFA agreed to roll over the agreement to the end of December 2021, they have insisted to TII that a new agreement is now required.

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