Fine Gael Senator for Kerry and Seanad Chief Whip, Paul Coghlan, has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe that approval has been granted for the realignment of the N71 between Kenmare and Glengarrif.
"Works will begin on N71 at Releagh in January 2015. The 1.6km stretch will be widened and resurfaced making the route safer and improving travel times. It is hoped that all works will be completed by 2016.
"This is a very mountainous part of South Kerry and due to the challenging topography the project will be managed in conjunction with Kerry County Council.
"Improvements to the N71 will benefit local commuters and tourists in the area!.