Answered by the Minister for Transport (Noel Dempsey T.D.)
As Minister for Transport I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in respect of the national roads programme element of Transport 21. The implementation of individual national road projects is a matter for the National Roads Authority, NRA, under the Roads Act, 1993 in conjunction with the relevant local authorities.
In 2007, the NRA completed an updated feasibility study of this proposed outer orbital project, in which finds that there is merit in constructing an Orbital Route linking Drogheda, Navan and Naas. The study is under detailed consideration within my Department.