Deputy Imelda Munster.
Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster has slammed the government’s refusal to fund the Port Access Northern Cross Route. She describes the decison as being "beyond disgraceful."
The council’s appeal to the original decision was turned down yesterday by the Department of Housing. (see our report).
“I raised this issue on Wednesday with the Minister for Housing and the Taoiseach" Deputy Munster said. "I told them in no uncertain terms that this is a vital piece of infrastructure and that it is central to the Northern Environs Plan.
“Funding for the construction of this road would allow Louth County Council to open up lands for housing development, something this government is constantly advocating.
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“Without this funding Drogheda will continue to face daily gridlock with HGV traffic coming into the town centre.
“You can’t plan for the development of thousands of houses without having the infrastructure in place, as this route is central to the Northern Environs Plan.
“Drogheda has been waiting on this road since 2006, when this plan was first initiated. This government and the last government have failed to deliver this project for Drogheda.
“I intend to raise this again next week in the Dáil with the Minister as this is beyond disgraceful and there is absolutely no justification for the decision not to award the funding.”