Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Revised National Development Plan: Discussion

Photo of Darren O'RourkeDarren O'Rourke (Meath East, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

I thank Ms Graham for her response. My next questions are for Mr. Walsh. It has been mentioned that the Slane bypass meets the criteria. There are important projects in my area such as at Kilmoon Cross and along the N3 and the M50. There is a long list of additional projects and it has been said that €1 billion will be spent between now and 2025 and €5.1 billion to 2030. Realistically, based on that equation, very many of the projects on the long list will not be delivered. Is it the case that the funding is not there? How will the projects be progressed? What is the point? There was talk about the relationship with the Cork County Council. What about the relationship with the Meath County Council? The officials there are diligent in their work. However, some of the projects, based on the figures provided, will waste people's time for a number of years yet people must sit in traffic on a daily basis. How will that situation be squared? Am I correct that there is not enough funding to deliver the projects? If so, what are the solutions to the daily congestion at Kilmoon Cross that people experience and the safety issue in Slane?


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