“a project that will improve journey times and safety for all.”

When it opened with a fanfare of publicity, and no less than three ministers from two jurisdictions, the expectation was that the £33million stretch of the new dual carriageway near Newry would cut journey times – indeed one of those minister’s declared, “This is an excellent example of Roads Service working across the island with their counterparts in the National Roads Authority and Louth County Council on a project that will improve journey times and safety for all.” But, with weekend tailbacks proving those hopes to be false, for now at least, Roads Service have announced its staff would be examining what caused the tailbacks and the Department for Rural Development have said “they would also be monitoring and reviewing the position to see if any minor alterations could be made to the temporary road layout at Cloghogue roundabout.” Fingers crossed, then..