Saturday 16 December 2017

Building on the recovery in the south east

By David tucker

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin, with Ministers Paul Kehoe, Ann Phelan and Paudie Coffey.
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin, with Ministers Paul Kehoe, Ann Phelan and Paudie Coffey.

Minister Brendan Howlin was in Wexford on Friday to highlight the benefits of the government's capital investment programme, Building on Recovery, for the South East region.

Ministers Paudie Coffey, Paul Kehoe and Ann Phelan were also at the 'good news' event at the county council headquarters on the Newtown Road.

'The government's €42 billion framework for infrastructure investment in Ireland over the period 2016 to 2021 is a sensible, responsible plan to make affordable, sustainable investments that boost the productive capacity of our economy, improve public services and lay the foundations for future growth,' said Minister Howlin.

'For Wexford and the whole South East region, this means providing vital facilities for people in the form of roads, schools, health care, housing and policing, as well as investing capital spending to strengthen the environment for job creation. The plan itself will support an estimated 45,000 construction jobs.

'I am particularly pleased that the plan includes two major road projects of vital importance to the South East - the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy and the N25 New Ross Bypass. Wexford will also benefit from eight new schools projects and an investment of €25.3 million to provide 677 social homes,' added Minister Howlin.

Minister of State with special responsibility for Housing, Planning and the Construction 2020 strategy Paudie Coffey said the government's capital investment programme for the South East demonstrates 'our determination to build the necessary infrastructure to keep the economic recovery going'.

Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe said the hard work of the Irish people together with the right policies from this government are working to bring about economic recovery, which means we can begin to invest in better services and infrastructure for everyone.

'For Wexford this means 39 new garda vehicles for the county since this government took office and, under the Building on Recovery plan, a new garda station and new courthouse in Wexford Town,' said Minister Kehoe.

'It means a new Primary Care Centre opened in Gorey and one underway in Wexford Town. As well as the massive investment in schools, in towns and villages across Co. Wexford, such as St. Aidan's in Enniscorthy, and in housing, it also means over €1 million in harbour works for Wexford and funding for the advancement of a flood defence scheme in Enniscorthy.

'Irish Water will also invest almost €17 million in Wexford water supply and wastewater treatment works,' added Minister Kehoe.

Minister of State with special responsibility for Rural Economic Development and Rural Transport Ann Phelan said 'this capital programme is about building on the recovery and spreading its benefits'.

Wexford People

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