Kildare South Fine Gael TD and Minister Martin Heydon has hailed as ‘Historic’ the official opening of the Athy Distributor Road by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today.

Speaking on the day of the official opening Minister Heydon said “I am proud to have worked to progress this road project since I was first elected as a TD in 2011. It is great to see the excitement and enthusiasm in the area this week. I know it is a day that many Athy residents thought that they would never see.

“I would like to acknowledge the current and previous local politicians and officials who have represented and worked for Athy down through the years, they’ve all contributed to the finished product that we can enjoy from today on.

“The Athy Distributor Road will see the removal of significant volumes of congestion from the centre of Athy. This will allow us to now develop a safety improvement scheme at junctions in the town, a pavement improvement project as well as a major uplift to Emily Square in the centre of the town.

“The relief road is the latest in a string of multi million euro, Government funded projects in the South Kildare town. From the Barrow Blueway to the Shackleton Museum, the Food and skills hub to the award winning library, the Primary Care centre and school extensions. I will continue to advocate for this vital state investment across our communities of South Kildare, to deliver even more state of the art projects like the Athy Distributor Road into the future,” concluded Minister Heydon.