Applegreen opposes McDonagh’s new forecourt bid

Applegreen opposes McDonagh’s new forecourt bid

Gordon Deegan

Forecourt operator Applegreen is leading the charge against plans by Supermac’s owner Pat McDonagh to build a €10m motorway plaza on the Limerick to Galway motorway.

Applegreen’s Petrogas Group has lodged a strongly-worded objection to the project at Skehanagh outside Ennis on the M18.

Applegreen opposes McDonagh’s new forecourt bid

The plan has also attracted the opposition of businesses in Ennis, Co Clare, but has the support of 187 individuals.

Mr McDonagh has failed for the past four years with a plan to build the first forecourt on the motorway. Supermac’s said the forecourt will provide 100 jobs.

Supermac’s already has plazas at the ‘Barack Obama’ plaza at Moneygall in Co Offaly and another plaza near the M6 at Loughrea in Co Galway.

In its objection, consultants for Petrogas said the proposal is contrary to national policy for motorway services and doesn’t comply with Transport Infrastructure Ireland plans.

It would also affect shops in Ennis, the consultants said. The plan is also facing opposition with a number of prominent Ennis businesses, including the Old Ground Hotel, the Temple Gate Hotel and the Hotel Woodstock, as well as local service stations.

The objectors claim the food and tourist information forecourt would harm Ennis and Clarecastle.

Mr McDonagh first lodged plans at the site in 2014 and was subsequently granted approval by Clare Co Council only to be turned down by Bord Pleanála, in 2016.

More on this topic

Owner of hotel where teenagers died submits plans to demolish propertyOwner of hotel where teenagers died submits plans to demolish property

Tayto Park delivered €32m economic dividend last year while sustaining 800 jobsTayto Park delivered €32m economic dividend last year while sustaining 800 jobs

Politicians’ planning objections - Doing their jobPoliticians’ planning objections - Doing their job

Pat Kenny wins battle to prevent building on site near his Dalkey homePat Kenny wins battle to prevent building on site near his Dalkey home

More in this Section

Performance of Irish bank shares to face heavy scrutiny in coming weeksPerformance of Irish bank shares to face heavy scrutiny in coming weeks

Brosnan bloodstock posts loss of €2m due to heavy cost provisions Brosnan bloodstock posts loss of €2m due to heavy cost provisions

Liberty London sold to new owners in €334m dealLiberty London sold to new owners in €334m deal

Supermarkets cash in as TV and jewellery shops fail to shine in early summer sales, says major surveySupermarkets cash in as TV and jewellery shops fail to shine in early summer sales, says major survey


Lifestyle

Celebrate the anniversary by finding lift off without even leaving the earth, at these stateside visitor centres and museums, says Sarah Marshall.America’s top space-age attractions to celebrate 50 years since the moon landing

These handy product edits are so useful for travelling, says Katie Wright.Palettes pack a punch: The travel must have

To mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, a new exhibition charts the story of the feminist monarch. Suzanne Harrington meets the curator at Buckingham Palace ILifting the lid on the real Queen Victoria this summer

It’s not easy for busy new mothers to eat well, but following a few guidelines and avoiding extreme diets can go a long way, writes dietitian Aoife Hearne.Operation Transformation dietitian Aoife Hearne on keeping thing simple post pregnancy

More From The Irish Examiner