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Jobs and first class services must be at heart of decision on capital projects – Ellis

1 June, 2011 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Speaking in the Dáil today Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Transport Dessie Ellis said that it is nothing short of a scandal that nearly €200 million had been spent on the development of the Metro North, Luas Link and DART Underground projects while the government has as of yet failed to commit to building a single one.

Deputy Ellis said;

“Any decision needs to be about the best delivery for the people of Dublin and Ireland. It needs to be about creating jobs and investment and providing a world class urban transport system which will encourage tourism and business.”

“Around €150 million has been spent on Metro North, €45 million on the Luas Link up and €8.97 million on the DART underground project. If we do not progress with one of these projects we will have wasted a huge amount of time and money. It would throwing nearly €200 million down the drain along with thousands of jobs and the long term benefit of a world class public transport service”

“Investment is essential for our recovery. We need to get people back working and we need to encourage people to come here and spend their money. The way to do that is real and meaningful investment. We have already spent more on Metro North than has been committed to capital projects in the so called Jobs Initiative.”

“Sinn Féin has put forward proposals to raise considerable funds to invest in capital projects and get people working again. I would urge the Minister and his department to take these proposals seriously.”

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