Infrastructure is key to economic development of the North West - Martin Kenny TD
Deputy Martin Kenny, Sinn Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim, West Cavan and South Donegal raised the matter of the lack of essential infrastructure in the North West with the Taoiseach, again this week in the Dáil.
Deputy Kenny said:
“One of the impediments to bringing jobs to rural Ireland is our lack of infrastructure. I raised this again in the Dáil on Wednesday but to be honest, I was disappointed with the absence of urgency in the Taoiseach’s response.
“I was one of the TDs present before Christmas at an excellent presentation by Chambers of Commerce from eight counties in the region and IBEC in a Dublin hotel.
“They did a great job in laying out the case for upgrade and completion of the N4 and N5 roads along with investment in the North West and pointed out that the constant postponement of upgrade to motorway standard along both routes is hampering economic development in the region.
“They were demanding that the government honours its promises to upgrade the roads and they had representatives from Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Donegal, Cavan, Westmeath and Longford there.
“The Taoiseach, in response, referred to a €40 billion programme of investment running until 2020 and I intend to support the local Chambers to keep up the pressure on the government to spend some of that in upgrading the N4 and the N5 to motorway status.
“A look at the infrastructure map of Ireland shows the glaring discrimination against our region which has as much to offer in terms of skills, talent and diligence, but lacks the infrastructure to attract industry. With the exception of the M1 and the M3, which stops at Navan, you could draw a line from Dublin to Galway and there is no motorway North of it. This has to end.”