It is the point where the N7 National Route to the South West and Mid West crosses an orbital local route, the R113. Traditionally Newlands Cross was regarded as the place where Dublin City ended and the "country" began, though it is now inside the urban area. Dublin people and especially the Dublin based broadcast and print media were/are sometimes accused of being unaware of the world beyond Newlands Cross. Or of thinking that Ireland "starts at Newlands Cross".
The R113 (in the form of the Belgard Road dual-carriageway) joins Newlands to Tallaght to the South and to Clondalkin Village to the North; the cross itself is located at the southern end of Clondalkin.
A very major traffic junction; it is currently the only remaining at-grade and signal controlled crossing of the N7 between the M50 and Portlaoise, but there are plans to upgrade it to a grade-separated interchange to relive the serious traffic congestion that it experiences, the decision was the N7 would pass underneath or over the Belgard Road. This went to tender in August 2008.
It was while queuing in traffic at Newlands Cross that crime journalist Veronica Guerin was shot. A memorial to her is located at the site of the incident, the "Boot Road" slip approximately 300 metres west of the junction.
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