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Opportunity lost with huge cuts to capital expenditure – Ellis

10 November, 2011

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on transport Dessie Ellis has today described the announcement of massive cuts to the capital expenditure plan as an opportunity lost.

Deputy Ellis made his comments following the announcement that the government plans to scrap all major transport projects except the Luas Link-up.

He said:

“This is a very disappointing development. Projects like Metro North and the A5 offered great potential for jobs creation as well as making Ireland a better place to live, do business or invest.

“These were very big projects and required serious commitment and funding but they would have brought overwhelming benefits to the capital and the neglected the North West region.

“Now Dublin West with the extraordinary population growth it has experienced remains under serviced.

“Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Monaghan, Fermanagh and Derry are left to deal with the problems of high unemployment and emigration without the lifeline of the A5.

“The Luas link-up is to be welcomed but it does not offer the benefits of the Metro North. The government have shown up a complete lack of vision and yet again broken promises they made to people who trusted them and depended on their leadership.”

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