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Reilly questions timing of revelation of plans for new road

23 February, 2005

Sinn Féin candidate for the Meath by-election, Councillor Joe Reilly has questioned the Government's motives and sincerity in announcing a feasibility study for a new road from Drogheda to Naas via Navan. Speaking in Meath today he asked if this was a "cynical trick the Government was playing on the voters of Meath and Kildare."

Councillor Reilly said, "Two years ago when Navan councillors were drawing up the Navan Development Plan we were told by the Department of Transport not to zone land that would be needed for this new road from Drogheda to Naas via Navan. In the two years since we have heard nothing from the Government in relation to funding for this road.

"Now that the date for the by-elections has been set the Government has, all of a sudden, produced these plans like a rabbit from a hat. The Government's motives for producing this plan at this time must be questioned and indeed the Government's sincerity must be called into question. Is this a cynical trick being played on the voters of Meath and Kildare? Two years is certainly a long time to leave this project on a shelf." ENDS

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