Two Mayo TDs have expressed anger that there's no firm commitment to the Western Rail Corridor in the revised National Development Plan launched today by the Taoiseach and Government leaders in Cork.
The plan outlines €165 billion euro in spending, which Taoiseach Micheál Martin has described as "unprecedented in scale" and said it will help to drive the next phase of Ireland's post Covid-19 pandemic recovery, as well as create thousands of jobs.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the NDP will fund micro and major projects in every part of country, as it outlines plans to invest in Cork, Galway, Waterford and Limerick, and not just Dublin.
However, the lack of a commitment to reopening the Western Rail Corridor from Athenry to Claremorris has angered both Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary and Sinn Fein deputy Rose Conway-Walsh.
Speaking to Midwest News this evening, Deputy Conway-Walsh says the lack of a commitment to this project is hugely disappointing....
Her anger over the lack of commitment to the next phase of the Western Rail Corridor is shared by Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary, who says he's frustrated that both this project, and the next phase of the N26 are not included in today's revised National Development Plan.
Deputy Calleary says strong economic and environmental cases have been made for both projects, yet they haven't been included....