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Mid-East Jobs Plan will not succeed without proper infrastructural investment – Tóibín

12 January, 2016

Sinn Féin Meath West TD, Peadar Tóibín, has criticised the Mid-East Jobs Plan for falling far short of what is needed to promote economic growth in the region.

Deputy Tóibín said:

“The Government’s Mid-East Jobs Plan fails to grasp the connectivity issues face by the region and how this will hinder any economic recovery. The document does not specify the extra investment that is needed to support a growing population in the region.

“Connectivity and access are key to the region’s economic growth. The Government’s Capital Investment Programme announced last year, falls far short of what is needed to meet the demands of the growing population in the Greater Dublin area.

“The M50 is already at capacity. There are increasing delays in travel times between the two largest towns in the region (Navan and Bray).  A series of infrastructural programmes have been stalled or abandoned completely, including the long over-due Navan to Dublin rail line. This decision has been taken despite Navan being one of the fastest growing large towns in the state, and the largest town with absolutely no rail infrastructure nearby.

“The Government has already had to pull back from its target of full employment by 2018 which it announced only 12 months ago and also looks unlikely to achieve its new target date of 2020.”

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