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Ireland has seen over the last decade or two a huge trunk road and motorway building program. The centrepiece of this investment was a network of radial motorways linking Dublin with other cities. Built under the Transport21 program, the bulk of the motorways had a closeout date of 2010, and were completed on time. For decades possessing 19th century road infrastructure, many of the Republic's trunk routes were catapulted into the 21st century in one go.
After 2008, however, Ireland's financial crisis greatly slowed the pace of this infrastructural boom and the remaining schemes in the plan no longer have completion dates. There is no longer an official road development plan and it has been clear for some time now that new road schemes around the country are being built in a fairly random manner, moving to construction as they get through planning, with no attempt being made to create end-to-end improvements of entire routes. This is in contrast to the building of the radial motorways, which were all end-to-end.
Below information can be found on existing and planned roads, including a list of all national roads currently under construction or about to start.
Bolded roads exist or will soon; unbolded may potentially be created in the future.
Further discussion on this.|
The M45 represents the future Leinster Outer Orbital and has been repeatedly moved to planning and then cancelled. No part of it exists yet and its numbering is uncertain.
Additionally, no sections of the N25 are motorway but the Waterford Bypass narrowly missed getting the designation in 2009 and it is likely that some may be created in future. Therefore it has its own page.
Similarly the Cork Southern Ring Road was renumbered N40 in February 2012. It was formerly a part of the N25. Although it is not a motorway, it is (or will be very soon) motorway standard and may be changed in future. It was therefore also given its own page.
It is planned to build an M21 Adare Bypass which will start at the M20, and in October 2017 it was confirmed that this will be motorway. This is expected to open by 2024.
By 2024, a new motorway, the M28, will be created.
SCHEMES RECENTLY COMPLETED
|Scheme||Standard||km||Work Started||Opening Date|
|N7 Newlands Cross Junction 1A||HQDC||0||2013-06-06||2015-05|
|M11 Arklow to Rathnew||M||16.4||2013-06-06||2015-07-13|
|N84 Luimnagh Realignment||SC||4.5||2015-08||2016-06|
|N17 Tuam BP||D2AP||4.2||2015-01-15||2017-09-27|
SCHEMES CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION
|Scheme||Standard||km||Work Started||Opening Date|
|N56 Dungloe to Glenties (Phase 3 Kilkenny to Letterilly)||SC||3.6||2018-01-28||2019-Q1|
|M7 Jct 9-11 Naas-Newbridge 4 to 6 lanes||Widening||11.5||2018-01-06||2019-04|
|R407 Sallins Bypass||D2AP||1.6||2017-11||2019-04|
|R407 Sallins Bypass||SC||2||2017-11||2019-04|
|M11 Gorey Motorway Service Area||MSA||2013-08||2019-Q2|
|N56 Illustrin to Kilmacrennan||SC||3.1||2018-01||2019-Q2|
|N56 Mountcharles to Inver (Phase 1)||SC||2.5||2018-03-12||2019-Q2|
|M11 Enniscorthy Bypass||M||27||2016-01||2019-07-31|
|N30 Enniscorthy West (M11 Enniscorthy scheme)||SC||8||2016-01||2019-07-31|
|N80 Enniscorthy North (M11 Enniscorthy scheme)||D2AP||4||2016-01||2019-07-31|
|N25 New Ross Bypass (West)||HQDC||3.6||2016-03||2019-08|
|N25 New Ross Bypass (East)||D2AP||10||2016-03||2019-08|
|N25 New Ross Bypass (N30)||SC||1.2||2016-03||2019-08|
|M7 Jct 9A Osberstown||INT||0||2018-01-06||2019-10|
|M9 Kilcullen Motorway Service Area||MSA||2014-05-06||2019-10|
|M6 East Athlone Motorway Service Area||MSA||2014-10-01||2019-11|
|N86 Tralee to Dingle (some parts underway, some in planning)||SC||32||2016||2020|
SCHEMES TO START SOON
|Scheme||Standard||km||Work Starting||Opening Date||Status|
|N8/N25/N40 Dunkettle Interchange||HQDC||0||2019-Q1||2021||Pre-construction|
|N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin||D2AP||13.7||2019-Q1||2021||Tender|
|N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin||SC||1||2019-Q1||2021||Tender|
|N52 Ardee Bypass||SC||4.5||2019-Q1||2020-Q4||Design Review|
|N22 Ballyvourney to Macroom||D2AP||22||Summer 2019||2021||Tender|
|N5 Westport to Turlough||D2AP||23.8||2019-09||2021-09||Tender|
|N56 Dungloe to Glenties (Phase 4 Letterilly to Kilraine)||SC||4.9||2019||2020||Approved|
|N56 Dungloe to Glenties (Phase 5 Dungloe to Cloghbolie)||SC||c.6||2019||2020||Approved|
|N56 Mountcharles to Inver (Phase 2)||SC||2.4||2019||2020||Planning|
|N69 Listowel BP||SC||4.8||2020-03||2021||Tender|
|N78 Athy Southern Distributor Road||SC||3.3||2020||2022||Awaiting Approval|
|N59 Moycullen Bypass||SC||4.3||2021||2022||Planning|
|M6 Galway City Bypass||M||10.9||2021||2024||Awaiting Approval|
|Galway City Bypass (West End)||SC||5.5||2021||2024||Awaiting Approval|
|M28 Cork to Ringaskiddy||M||10.5||2021||2024||Planning Granted|
|N28 Cork to Ringaskiddy||SC||1.5||2021||2024||Planning Granted|
|N2 Slane Bypass||D2AP||3.2?||2023||2025||Route selection|
|M21 Adare to Rathkeale||M||16.7||2021||2024||Planning App by Q2-2019|
|N69 Rathkeale to Foynes||DC||15.5||2021||2024||Planning App by Q2-2019|
|N5 Ballaghaderreen-Scramoge||SC||35.1||2023||2026||Planning granted|
|M3 Dunshaughlin Motorway Service Area||MSA||Planning|
|M6/M17/M18 Oranmore Motorway Service Area||MSA||Planning|
|M18 Newmarket-on-Fergus Motorway Service Area||MSA||Planning|
|N72 Mallow Relief Road||SC||2021||2023||Route Selection|
|M40 Cork Northern Ring Road||M||10.4||2023||2026||Design|
|N3 Jct 1-4 M50 to Clonee||HQDC/M||5||Design|
|N56 Letterkenny Relief Road||SC||2||Route Selection|
|N13 Letterkenny-Manorcunningham Improvement||D2AP||5.8||Route Selection|
|N14 Letterkenny-Lifford||D2AP||19||Route Selection|
|N15 Ballybofey-Stranorlar||D2AP||14.9||Route Selection|
|N2 Clontibret-NI Border||D2AP||24||Planning|
|N2 Ardee-Castleblayney widening||D2AP||31||Planning|
|M4 Jct 5-7 Maynooth-Leixlip Widening||M3||8||Planning|
|M11/M50 to Kilmacanogue||D3AP||7.5||Planning|
|N11 Kilmacanogue to Coyne's Cross||M||14.5||Planning|