Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has said that the inclusion of funding for the Slane By-Pass under today’s Capital Investment Plan is great news.
“The Capital Investment Plan will see €27 billion invested in roads, rail, health facilities, schools and broadband, which will make a major difference for communities across Meath.
“The plan has allocated funding for work on the Slane By-Pass, as well as the Laytown to Bettystown Link Road, which will go ahead if planning permission is secured.
“Funding for a Slane By-Pass is something that’s been sought for some time and there is a very clear need for a By-Pass. It would improve life for residents and businesses in Slane, as well as improving travel times for commuters and making the road safer. It is now very important that we continue towards securing planning permission for this key road project.
“In addition to investment in roads, the Capital Investment Plan will also see considerable investment in Garda stations and Garda resources across the country, as well as a €10 million refurbishment programme for the courts service.
“The Plan announced by Government is affordable, sensible and it is consistent with our plan to eliminate borrowing by 2018. It will promote regional economic growth, supporting 45,000 construction jobs over the lifetime of the plan.
“The decisions taken by this Government have brought us to an important time in our recovery. We are the fastest growing economy in Europe and we are creating over 1,300 new jobs a week. This plan will help spread the recovery around the country where we know many families have yet to feel the effects of the recovery.
“This is a good day for Meath and very welcome news for people across county.”