THE planned extension of the Luas in Dublin to serve both Citywest and Saggart has been given the green light.
Yesterday, An Bord Pleanala granted planning permission to allow construction work to begin on the extension to the red line of the light-rail system.
There will now be a two-month 'cooling-off' period where anyone who wishes to challenge the railway order will be able to undertake a judicial review in the courts.
Under the new plans, five stops will be added to the existing red line, which starts at Tallaght and ends at Connolly.
Transport Minister Noel Dempsey said the extension would add five million passenger journeys ever year. It is expected to be in use by 2011.