Fianna Fáil MEP candidate for Midlands-North-West Brendan Smith TD says the government is continuing to fail Louth residents and businesses as figures show a 50% shortfall between investment required to maintain roads and actual investment.

Speaking ahead of a visit to Co. Louth tomorrow, Deputy Smith commented, “It is an uphill battle to attract businesses to Drogheda and the wider county when Fine Gael is not investing in roads in Louth.

“The European Commission Country report for Ireland 2019 highlights the need for prioritising public investment in infrastructure, including our road network, to ensure we have sustainable growth across the country. This report has been neglected. We see Dublin and the M50 belt booming, yet beyond this boundary very few are feeling the benefits.

“There are regional differences in job growth. In Louth and the border region we are being left behind due to hands off action by Fine Gael. The Minister for Transport has to step up to the mark and increase funding to ensure our regional roads are not just maintained but upgraded,” concluded Deputy Smith.