It was just announced on the 10.00 news that An Bord Pleanala has refused planning permission for the Slane Bypass, on grounds it was too close to Newgrange/Bru na Boinne UNESCO World Heritage Site:
An Bord Pleanála has confirmed it has refused permission for the proposed Slane by-pass in Co Meath.
The agency decided to reject the planned bridge and roads around the village because the proposal was located very close to the World Heritage Site at Brú na Bóinne.
Other factors included the belief among the board members that it had not been proven that no appropriate alternative was available, and it could have diverted traffic off the M1 tolled motorway.
The decision has been greeted with anger and dismay by local residents who had been campaigning for a bypass.
The Bypass Slane Campaign said it is "shocked and dismayed" by the decision. The group was formed in April 2009 in the aftermath of a serious road traffic incident in the village the previous month.
In a statement, it said: "Life in the village, over generations, has been overwhelmed by the dangerous volumes of traffic and by the constant threat to life it brings.
"We now feel that as we have exhausted every avenue open to us that we are now entirely helpless.
"The decades of inaction and failure to deal decisively with this appalling situation are nothing short of a national scandal."
The group insisted that it will continue to lobby for a solution to the problem, and said it will be seeking a meeting with Transport Minister Leo Varadkar "as soon as possible".