SF has failed to draw down funding for Transport Projects

Senator Doherty should Clarify Why Sinn Féin has Failed to draw down Funding from the Irish Government for Transport Projects – Ó Domhnaill

Fianna Fáil candidate for the Donegal South West bye-election, Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, has once again today branded as “irresponsible and misplaced” Cllr. O’Neill’s criticisms of expenditure on transport related cross border projects not being spent. He has also called on Senator Doherty to explain why Sinn Féin has failed to draw down funding for these projects.

“Fine Gael’s candidate has displayed a complete lack of understanding for funding of how these projects work. 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.

“If Cllr O’Neill wants to blame anyone, he should ask Sinn Féin’s candidate, Senator Doherty, to explain why Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy, the Minister for Roads in Northern Ireland, has not progressed these projects so that funds can be drawn down.

“The Irish Government had put aside funding for works on the A5 and Derry airport in its Budget. But due to delays on both projects in Northern Ireland, the authorities in the North have not drawn 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.”

“Fine Gael should be asking Sinn Féin, not the Irish Government, why these projects have not progressed and why funds have not been drawn down. The Irish Government cannot hand over money for work that hasn’t been done by Sinn Féin. If Cllr. O’Neill had any understanding of how funding for capital projects worked, he would know that he should be asking these questions of Sinn Féin” concluded Senator Ó Domhnaill.

Posted: Nov 16, 2010     |     Categories: Donegal South West