Meath East Fianna Fáil TD Thomas Byrne has raised serious questions over the colossal State investment into refurbishing a small factory in Gibbstown Co Meath.
According to reports in thejournal.ie, Údarás na Gaeltachta is pumping €3m into the project – that’s more than double the initial approved cost of €1.2. This is despite claims from the factory tenant, NovelPlast, that the works it requested were minor and the tenant would cover them.
Deputy Byrne commented, “€3m is a huge investment in what is a very small facility in Gibbstown, Co Meath. There is little evidence from the outside of any significant improvements whatsoever.
“While I fully support investment in the Gaeltacht area of Co Meath, I am struggling to understand why such a significant sum was required for this factory alone, at a time when there are schools, local health services and vital community facilities across Co Meath that are in desperate need of investment.
“Údarás have admitted to ‘shortcomings’ in the tender process. I am now calling for a full outline of the tender process that was followed for all of the works carried out at the site. I am also calling for full details of the project itself so that we may understand why it is costing so much.
“Under Fine Gael we have seen public projects like the National Children’s Hospital soar to multiples of the original promised investment. While this is a smaller scale, it is €3m of taxpayers money and it needs to be fully accounted for.”