Cork – Limerick Motorway must be a priority in review of Capital Plan

CORK South Central Fianna Fáil TD Michael McGrath has said the Cork – Limerick motorway must be a priority in the review of the Capital Plan next year.

Deputy McGrath was speaking as Minister for Transport Shane Ross gave approval for Transport Infrastructure Ireland to ‘commence early activities’ on the project at an estimated cost of €1m.

Deputy McGrath commented, “There has no movement on the Cork – Limerick motorway project for some time and so I welcome the fact that Minister Ross has at least approved early stage, preparatory work on the project. However, this project will go absolutely nowhere if it is not prioritised in the Capital Plan which is being reviewed in 2017.”

“If we are serious about achieving balanced regional development, it is essential the two largest cities outside of Dublin are linked with a motorway. This will bring significant economic benefits for the southern region.”

“I will be pressing the Minister and Fine Gael-led minority government to make additional funding available in the review of the Capital Plan in order that this vital project can proceed through the process towards construction,” concluded McGrath.