Republic's first motorway
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THE FIRST stage of the Irish Republic's first motorway is expected to open in April or May, and the country is confident that the complete route from Dublin to Dublin Airport will be finished within a few years.
Dublin County Council is building the road, and the 1R£1.9m (£1.6m) Santry by-pass will be ready this spring. The 1R£3.3m Swords by-pass was started last October, and tenders will soon be invited for the IRE1 Om Coolock Lane section.
Doubts surround the prospects of having the road funded in the short-term, but there are long term plans to extend the motorway north to the Ulster border where it will connect with the Northern Ireland motorway system to Belfast.