Cross border transport funding not drawn down

Government funding for cross border transport projects has not yet been drawn down by Northern Authorities – Ó Domhnaill

Fianna Fáil candidate for the Donegal South West bye-election, Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill rejected as “irresponsible” recent Fine Gael criticisms of expenditure on transport related cross border projects.

“Fine Gael’s candidate Barry O’Neill has displayed a completely irresponsible attitude towards funding for capital projects. In budget 2010, the Irish Government allocated a significant amount of money for cross border initiatives relating to the A5 Aughnacloy – Derry Road and Derry Airport. However, the Department of Transport cannot be blamed for funds not being drawn down by the Northern Ireland Executive.”

“The facts are that the Irish Government had put aside funding for works on the A5 and Derry airport in its 2010 budget. But due to delays on both projects in Northern Ireland, the authorities in the North have not needed to draw down all of the funding we had allocated for them. If the Northern authorities did not progress the projects then we are hardly going to pay them for work they did not do.”

“Is Fine Gael suggesting that we hand over the funding before the authorities in the north do the work? That doesn’t sound sensible to me. In FF we take seriously the need to prudently manage our capital budget. If you do the work we’ll pay you for it. If you don’t, we wont.” concluded Senator Ó Domhnaill.

Posted: Nov 15, 2010     |     Categories: Donegal South West