50% increase in regional and local roads spending deficit since Minister Ross took office – Munster
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD has today lambasted Minister for Transport Shane Ross TD after he disclosed at a meeting of the Oireachtas Transport Committee that the spending deficit in road maintenance has increased by 50% since he took office.
Deputy Munster said:
“When Minister Ross took office, there was a deficit in spending on the maintenance of local and regional roads to the tune of €3 billion.
“This was due to a decade of neglect when the previous Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael governments chose to bail out banks, rather than invest in services and infrastructure.
“However, the government is blue in the face trying to convince us that the economy is in recovery.
“If the economy is booming, why is the deficit at €4.5 billion after two years of this government being in power? That is an increase of 50%.
“Fianna Fáil also have to take responsibility for supporting successive budgets that have led to the crumbling of infrastructure right across the state.
“It is clear that Minister Ross is out of his depth. He has known about this issue for two years and has done precious little to address it.
“The longer he ignores this issue, the more costly it will be, both in terms of spending in order to bring roads up to a steady state condition and in terms of road safety.”