Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism & Sport Timmy Dooley has said the domestic economy stimulus and the jobs dividend promised by Fine Gael and Labour have been consigned to the scrap heap.
Deputy Dooley said: “Today’s announcement is a slap in the face to those construction workers who have waited with bated breath for the Government to deliver on their 100,000 jobs’ promise cynically made in the pursuit of votes.
“Capital spending has been slashed by this Government in a blatant reversal of pre-existing promises and announcements of a vast array of projects.
“The Tánaiste and his Labour frontbench, while in opposition, preached on an almost daily basis that it would not be possible cut our way out of recession. The Government’s plan today is another stunning example of Fine Gael and Labour’ u-turns on cynical election promises.
“The cuts to investment in the Metro North, DART Underground and the Western Rail Corridor, together with no further road construction funding, demonstrates the complete failure on the Government’s part to fully understand the benefits of investment in our transport network.
“Investment in transport infrastructure will stimulate growth and maintain dispersed regional growth by providing reduced journey times and increased accessibility throughout the island. It will also provide a more competitive and attractive environment for foreign direct investment.”