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Wednesday, 13th January 2021

It’s time for political inaction on PANCR to end - Munster

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Deputy Imelda Munster pictured at the National Convention Centre where the Daíl does its business these days.

“Minister for Housing must follow through on call for Northern Cross Route”

Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has today repeated her calls for the government to ensure that funding is secured for the Port Access Northern Cross Route (PANCR).

“Drogheda has waited long enough for this vital piece of infrastructure, and it’s time the government delivered” she said.

Deputy Munster raised the issue in the Dáil today when she called on the Taoiseach to ensure that Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD follows through on his call for funding for the project, which he made while canvassing ahead of the 2019 local elections.

“The funding announcement for projects under the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) is imminent” Deputy Munster said. 

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“This is the third application that Louth County Council has made under LIHAF for the PANCR and it’s vital that funding is granted this time. Drogheda has been waiting on this funding for 15 years. 

“The development of the town depends on the PANCR going ahead. The development of 5,000 planned houses depends on it.

“This road will also alleviate a lot of traffic congestion in Drogheda, which has been choking the town for years.

“Drogheda is Ireland’s largest town and needs infrastructure that reflects that reality.

“The Minister was all for this project back in February 2019 when he was canvassing ahead of the local elections. At that time he made a public call for the road to be built.

“Now he is the Minister and has his hands on the purse strings. He must follow through on that call and ensure that the funding comes through.

“Successive Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael governments have failed to deliver on the PANCR. It’s time for the political inaction to come to an end.

“I have raised this matter umpteen times with Minister O’Brien and with the Taoiseach and it’s time that they finally delivered for Drogheda.”

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