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Sunday 18 August 2019

EDITORIAL COMMENT

IT IS no overstatement to describe the €500 million-plus stimulus package for Wexford announced as part of a €2.25 billion platform of national investment as a coup for the Model County.

The money will be spent on long-needed and long-delayed bypass projects for Enniscorthy and New Ross, a health centre and a new court house.

This is fantastic news and will do a great deal to stimulate a moribund local jobs market and an economy reeling from the recesssion.

It is testament to having powerful people at Cabinet in the form of Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin and, driving his colleagues ever onwards, Fine Gael Chief Whip Paul Kehoe.

The mega investment – a huge chunk from the national cake – is in no small measure a tribute to the hard work of Minister Howlin in pleading County Wexford's cause and more importantly persuading others to support it.

The formidable Paul Kehoe played a major role too, cajoling his colleuges and talking the talk, putting his weight behind a lengthy campaign to bring this significant investment to his home patch.

In the past, there were many such appeals by others largely gone from the corridors of power, but it would take someone with a long memory to recall the last time Wexford benefited from such Government largesse.

The county has been neglected for way too long and all of these sorely needed projects will do much to improve its infrastructure for the benefit of us all.

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