Meath East Fianna Fáil Senator, Thomas Byrne has expressed his shock and anger at the decision of the Fine Gael and Labour Government to cancel a number of important, economically intensive infrastructure projects in Co. Meath.
‘The decision to not to proceed with the N2 / Slane Bypass and the delivery of the Train Line to Navan from Dunboyne is both short-sighted and dangerous to our local economy and to the safety of road users,‘ said Senator Byrne.
‘The Government as part of the Medium Term Capital Investment Programme (2012-2016) have shown themselves to be without vision and devoid of real ideas by cancelling these projects’.
‘There is nothing within the EU/IMF deal that forces the Government to cut capital spending to the extent this Government is. The Government is taking the soft and easy route rather than the intelligent route to dealing with our deficit’ added Senator Byrne.
‘Let me be clear; the cancellation of these projects will damage the local economy, put lives at risk on our roads and reduce the ability of local companies to be competitive players in their markets. Thousands of jobs could be created through these projects, both directly in their construction and indirectly through spin off employment opportunities,’ said Senator Byrne.
‘The Government TD’s in Meath have a lot to answer for; especially in light of the promises made to the electorate only nine months ago during the election. Put simply – the people have been lied to. Minister McEntee must also clarify his statement during the summer about the Slane bypass being a so-called “top-five priority project”, concluded Senator Byrne.