Work stalled on busy Dublin cycle route as construction firm goes into liquidation

Construction work on part of one of Dublin’s busiest cycle routes has been stalled for three weeks now and there’s no end date for the moment because the contractor on the project has gone into liquidation.

The situation with the contractor in liquidation has made it legally complicated for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to make progress on the project on the Clonskeagh Road.

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The location of the incomplete work is one of the narrower sections of the Clonskeagh Road and is also on an incline, just south of the River Dodder beside the junction with Beaver Row.

Cllr Jim O’Leary, a Fine Gael councillor for Dundrum, said: “I’m looking for the council to get it resolved as quickly as possible given the dangerous, narrow and congested nature of the road. It’s a very busy road, it’s one of the main arteries from this side of the county into the city.”

In a written reply to Cllr O’Leary, the council confirmed that the contractor has gone into liquidation and that officials are working to try to resolve the issues.

Conor Geraghty, senior engineer covering Active Travel, said: “The contractor who was constructing this scheme has gone into liquidation. The scheme is approximately 85% completed and was on track to be completed by the middle of this year.”

He added: “With this recent development, we have no certainty around when the project may be completed. We are working with the liquidator to try and resolve the issue and complete the scheme.”

The stalled work is just south of the River Dodder where the river is the boundary between the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Dublin City Council areas. North of the river, the city council recently announced its intention of upgrading the route faster than previously planned, first with quick-build measures.