Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív has criticised the Transport Minister for refusing to indicate when he intends to raise the N6 Galway bypass project to Cabinet.
Minister Shane Ross needs to bring a memorandum to government to get sign-off on spending for this major project.
Deputy Ó Cuív commented, “The Minister was meant to bring this issue before Cabinet in the early part of this year; it is now July and the project has still not been discussed, and Minister Ross has refused to indicate when he plans to bring it before his Ministerial colleagues.
“I recently asked the Minister to outline when he would be raising this issue at Cabinet. Worryingly, Minister Ross appears to believe that he has sole responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the National Roads Programme. His assertion is incorrect; he will have to get Cabinet sign-off on N6 Galway bypass as it is such a large project.
“This Minister is more interested in issues outside his remit and is failing miserably on transport and infrastructure matters. This project is vitally important to Galway city and people living west of the Corrib and cannot be left on the backburner.
“This government needs to demonstrate that it’s seriously committed to this essential project and I am calling on Minister Ross to clearly outline the timescale for the planning and construction phase”.