Lack of vision destroying potential for jobs as Government fail to provide funding for Cork to Limerick road - Maurice Quinlivan TD
Sinn Féin TD for Limerick City and the party’s spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan has said the government is derelict in its duty by failing to make funds available for the construction of a motorway between Cork and Limerick.
Deputy Quinlivan was speaking following the claim of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) that the Limerick to Cork Motorway is at least 10 years away and that's assuming that funding is finally allocated.
He also stated that the €1 million allocated for the commencement of 'early activities' is the price Minister Ross is willing to pay to shelf the M20 project indefinitely.
“This is a critical piece of infrastructure project essential to deliver jobs in the southern region and the government must get their finger out and fund it.
“A motorway between Limerick and Cork has the potential to radically alter the region making it more attractive to foreign direct investment and kick start economic development and deliver jobs.
"This road in particular has been identified as crucial to achieving a government target of 300,000 jobs for the southern region yet we learn today that in the best circumstances it is still at least 10 years away. Building this motorway is a win-win situation for the government as the spin-off from regional prosperity which enable a reversal of rural decline, urban regeneration and a more equitable spread of prosperity.
"I note with some frustration and even more concern that the Minister has allocated €1m for early activities for the project this morning. This is basically the price Shane Ross is willing to pay ti ensure that the M20 is shelved indefinitely. The Minister even admits, while allocating the €1m, that he cannot see the project advancing beyond the stage of early activities unless additional money in made available.
“I agree with the Construction Industry Federation that the building of a motorway between Limerick and Cork is the most important infrastructure project in the terms of the Atlantic Economic Corridor.
“This project has the potential to address the issue of uneven development whereby the greater Dublin region has developed at the expense of the rest of the country.
“I am calling on the Minister to revisit plans for the construction of the M20 and to ensure building of this critical project begins without further delay."