Brendan Griffin TD
Friday, 17th July 2015
Over €1.1m extra funding for roads in Kerry – Griffin
Fine Gael TD for Kerry and member of the Oireachtas Transport Committee, Brendan Griffin, has welcomed the allocation of an additional €1,125,450 for local roads in Kerry. The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, and Minister of State, Michael Ring TD, have announced an additional €100 million investment in Transport, Tourism and Sport, €1,125,450 of which will go to Kerry. This will bring the overall spend in this area to €1.07 billion.
“Since the economic collapse, there has been underinvestment in roads and public transport. With the economy recovering, there is now scope to increase funding and to reinvest.
“Our roads are vital in attracting investment and in supporting businesses in every part of the country. In order to keep the roads in good condition, €34 million nationally will go towards maintenance and strengthening national, regional and local roads and €1,125,450 of this will go directly to Kerry.
“As part of this €100 million fund €60 million will go towards public transport and €4.2 million will be allocated to tourism related projects, including further development of Ireland’s Ancient East corridor and the Wild Atlantic Way.
“The final €800,000 of this allocation will go towards the National Indoor Arena to accelerate the delivery of this world class facility for our athletes at the National Sports Campus.
“As we build on the progress we have been making in recent years, more people are returning to work and our tourism industries are continuing to grow. This is all very positive. However, these developments are putting a greater demand on our public transport and on our road networks. The €1,125,450 additional funding is very much welcome in ensuring we maintain high quality road networks and transport in Kerry which supports thousands of jobs across the country.”