Brendan Griffin TD
Tuesday, 29th September 2015
N22 Cork/Kerry Rd and Dingle Relief Rd get green light under €27bn Capital Investment Plan – Griffin
Fine Gael TD, for Kerry, Brendan Griffin, has said that the Capital Investment Plan, which will see €27 billion invested in roads, rail, health facilities, schools and broadband over six years, will make a major difference for communities here in Kerry.
“Investment in the N22 Ballyvourney to Macroom Scheme, under the €27 billion Capital Investment Plan is the greatest socio-economic development in Kerry for decades. It is shovel ready and can be started as soon as the funds become available. I will be pursuing this issue with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe.
“This Plan sets out the Government’s long-term investment plan where €27 billion will be spent on vital services, schools and on roads, including the N22 Cork to Kerry road and improvement works on the N22. This will improve travel times, make the roads safer and make Kerry even more attractive to businesses and tourists.
“The Capital Investment Plan has also allocated funding for the Dingle Relief road if planning permission is secured. This is a project which I know Cllr Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald has been working on for some time and one that has been long called for by the people of Kerry. This upgrade would make Dingle a better place to live and work, it is great to know that the money is now available to complete this project. This makes it even more important that we continue towards securing planning permission. Also significant for Kerry motorists is the approval of funding for the Adare bypass, subject to planning permission. Anyone travelling to or from Kerry will know the consistent traffic jams that are experienced in Adare.
“In addition to investment in roads, the Capital Investment Plan will also see considerable investment in Garda stations and Garda resources across the country, as well as a €10 million refurbishment programme for the courts service. It is also proposed €275 million would be set aside for the National Broadband Plan, which is a priority for this Government and which would be hugely beneficial to Kerry businesses and families.
“The Plan announced by Government is affordable, sensible and it is consistent with our plan to eliminate borrowing by 2018. It will promote regional economic growth, supporting 45,000 construction jobs over the lifetime of the plan.
“The decisions taken by this Government have brought us to an important time in our recovery. We are the fastest growing economy in Europe and we are creating over 1,300 new jobs a week. This plan will help spread the recovery around the country where we know many families have yet to feel the effects of the recovery.
“The projects committed to are very much dependent on the choices that this Government and the next make to continue the recovery. We could not afford everything we wanted, but this plan represents the best of what can be delivered with the available resources. We must continue to make the right choices and invest wisely to ensure we never go back to the bad old days of boom and bust.”