Fianna Fáil Councillor for Ballymun, Paul McAuliffe has said the delay in the Metro North project is a major body blow for the Ballymun Regeneration Project and will mean the serious delay of other investment projects in the area including the proposed Ballymun shopping centre and the M50 Wet Labs.
“The Metro North project which has already consumed almost €200 million could have relied more heavily on private funding rather than government capital spending and therefore should have been given the green light today. The Railway Procurement Agency has estimated that more than 3600 jobs might have been created and in a time of increasing unemployment it seems crazy to turn down that sort of job creation opportunity.
“This constituency elected two Labour government TDs, one of whom is a government Minister, both of whom made promises to secure the future of Metro North. Today’s news demonstrates that they have failed miserably,” said Cllr McAuliffe.
GREEN WAY GETS RED CARD
The timing of these North Dublin infrastructural cuts is particularly disappointing ahead of next week’s International conference in Dublin City University entitled ‘The Green Way –Ireland’s Clean-tech cluster’. This job creation project which, last year, was accepted as being one of the top thirty clean-tech projects in the world last year, relies heavily on the infrastructural projects along the Metro North line including the DIT Grangegorman campus which also received a government delay notice today.