Budget 2017 doesn't add up for transport – Ellis
Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis has said that this budget delivers next to nothing for transport and is another step along the path of privatisation.
The Dublin North West TD said:
“There are no new projects planned in this Budget and very little investment in existing infrastructure. My colleague Imelda Munster Sinn Féin spokesperson on transport found out that Minister Ross had overvalued his additional funding by €15 million. When it was pointed out to him, his department replied that it was a clerical error. What is not a clerical error is the privatisation agenda being pursued by the government.
“This year, 10% of routes are privatised and with the separation of expressway for CIE, that percentage will surely increase. Once again, a chance to prioritise investment and funding in our transport network has been ignored in favour of Tax cuts and incentives for the wealthy.”