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Total Gridlock a function of maxed out Infrastructural Capacity – Tóibín

11 November, 2015

Sinn Féin TD and Enterprise Spokesperson Peadar Tóibín has expressed his sympathy to those who were involved in today’s crash on the M50 and has highlighted the need for the government to reverse its proposed cut to transport investment.

The Meath West TD said:

“Today the M50 came to a halt due to a single accident. Our thoughts are with those who were so unfortunately involved in the accident and we especially wish the injured women a speedy recovery.

“As a result of the accident there was significant traffic snarl up on the M50. Thousands of people spent hours in traffic jams resulting in thousands of headaches, people unable to get to work on time and lost productivity.

“This is a result in part due to the fact that there is little extra capacity within transportation infrastructure capacity in parts of the country. It’s not unique to transport, housing is in the grip of a unprecedented crisis with people dying on the streets and thousands homeless. Health too has seen significant underinvestment leading to reduced care levels and therefore reduced health.

“All of these infrastructural gaps are bad for people and society but there also bad for the economy. Gridlocked transport, skyrocketing rents and workforce with sub optimum health outcomes are obvious brakes on future competitiveness and growth.

“This problem is only going to get worse. This government have stated their intention to cut ‘Government Investment’ from 1.8% of GDP in 2015 to 1.5% in 2020 leaving Ireland second from the bottom the European Investment scale and stealing competitiveness from the future.” 

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