Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has called on the Transport Minister Leo Varadkar to reconsider his plans to abandon several key road projects in the North West.
Senator Ó Domhnaill was commenting following reports today that Minister Varadkar has ordered the National Roads Authority to suspend work on 45 major road projects around the country, including 9 key projects in Donegal and Sligo.
“It appears that Minister Varadkar has decided to ditch crucial investment in our road network here in the North West and across the country, essentially abandoning the progress made by the previous Government on several major road projects locally and nationally.
“The projects affected include the N15 Ballybofey/Stranorlar bypass, the N15 Lifford to Ballybofey/Stanorlar road, the Sligo to Bundoran road, the N4 Carrick-on-Shannon to Dromod road, the N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin roads and the N14 Letterkenny to Lifford road.
“This is an extremely short-sighted move and flies in the face of Fine Gael and Labour’s election commitments to various road projects in this region. I also find it worrying that yet again, the Government has failed to be upfront with the public about important policies such as this that have a real impact on communities across the country. Instead, we had to learn this news through information leaked to the media.
“I am calling on Minister Varadkar to reconsider this retrograde step. The previous Government committed to these road projects because of the real benefits to communities and the local economy. It would be a mistake to abandon them.”