Photo: Seamus Farrelly

Tanaiste takes in quick tour of Navan during Fine Gael 'think-in'

'R153 Local Distributor Road' doesn't quite have the same ring to it as The Beatles 'Abbey Road' but it could still be a massive hit for developers once it goes on general release...

Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council Cllr Sean Drew, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar, Minister Damien English and Council Chief Executive Jackie Maguire went all out for the photo op this evening (Monday) as part of the Fine Gael 'think-in' taking place in Trim today and tomorrow.

One of the locations they visited was the the new feeder road leading off Metges Road at the Kentstown Road junction was funded through the Local Infrastructure Housing Assistance Fund (LIHAF).

The new road connecting the Kentstown Road to Farganstown could see up to 1,600 homes built in the area with plans already in place for the construction of 84 social housing units.

The new distributor road will be be named after a postmaster murdered in the town in 1921.

The protocol committee of Meath County Council recommended earlier this year that the road from the intersection of the R153 Kenstown Road and Metges Road to Farganstown should carry the name Thomas Hodgett Road (Bothar Hodgett) in his memory. The road is due to be officially opened this year.

Mr Hodgett, the postmaster in Navan, was taken from his home in Academy Street, Navan on Thursday 17th February 1921 by an RIC party believed to be from Bailieboro.

He was shot in the chest and thrown into the Blackwater river at Poolboy Bridge. His body was recovered some five weeks later.

His killers were never bought to justice.