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M20 Motorway should be a priority for Government – Senator Paul Gavan

30 May, 2017 - by Paul Gavan

Senator Paul Gavan has today lambasted the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Pascal Donoghue for six years of failure to provide funding for the M20 motorway.

Speaking during a Seanad debate on the mid-term review of the Government's Capital Plan Senator Gavan said;

"It is clear that both Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Fine Gael have failed the people of Limerick, thousands of whom have to endure on a daily basis commutes of over two hours at a time to Cork.

"After six years of Fine Gael in government, Minister Noonan has consistently failed to back the plan for a motorway between Cork and Limerick.

“Even if the project is given the go ahead later this year, it is acknowledged that due to the need to renew planning applications it could be 10 years before this badly needed motorway will be built.

"Talk of working towards regional balance is meaningless for as long as the project to establish an Atlantic Corridor remains unfulfilled. It is now 30 years since the idea was first brought forward by the University of Limerick and Dr Ed Walsh.

"The failure to insist on investment for the M20 project is a huge embarrassment for the Fine Gael party in Limerick. It's high time the needs of Limerick City and its people were given the priority they deserve."

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