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Dunshaughlin services

(Seirbhísí Dún Seachlainn)

Dunshaughlin
Dún Seachlainn
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Road:M3 between exits 5 and 6
Signposted from the road?It will be
Opening:2019
Grid reference:N 98125 48941
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them

⚠️ Please note that this service area is not yet open.


In 2015, the new Transport Infrastructure Ireland began plans for a new network of motorway services. Dunshaughlin (name not confirmed) is being investigated.

Since 2010 the Irish government have encountered a number of issues which have stopped them opening any new services. Their plan to have it open by 2019 has fallen by the wayside.

To further complicate matters, Applegreen sought planning permission for an "off motorway service area" in August 2022. It would be built to the north-east of M3 J6 at Knock, accessed from the link road, and would compete directly with any state-owned Dunshaughlin services, if one is ever built. Applegreen have a habit of building motorway service areas to beat the state: they did this at Lusk, and at Wicklow.

The Applegreen site had previously had its planning permission quashed in 2016 due to land zoning issues. Documents show that they intend to provide a Burger King, one more food unit, a shop, a play area and an EV charging hub. They have called it a 'multi million euro development' that will create around 25 jobs, and be based on their site at Enfield.

Previously, Topaz had permission refused for a service area further down the M3 at J5, Dunboyne. An Bord Pleanála ruled that the junction could be unsuitable, and that TII's Dunshaughlin site was better and already at the "preliminary" stage.

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