Minister Ross fails to commit to construction costs of Fintra Bridge


Minister Ross fails to commit to construction costs of Fintra Bridge when questioned – Pat the Cope.

-       Fintra Bridge is on the long road to limbo as Minister fails to confirm funding  -

 

Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Cheann Comhairle has raised the issue of the future funding for Fintra Bridge with Minister Shane Ross in the Dáil, in reply to my question the Minister has totally failed to give any commitment to meet the Capital Costs of constructing the new road and bridge at Fintra. It certainly was not a case of “whatever it takes “ , as reported in recent public debates over this most important issue, the Minister is certainly rapidly backing off committing to construction costs which makes me extremely concerned in regard to this project.

The only commitment given by the Minister is to explore route options which are ongoing at present, but this is ultimately going to lead to the further long fingering of this project. Fintra Bridge was a priority project in 2014, today it is a project without any status and what is worse it’s a project without any funding source as confirmed by the Minister to me on the record of the Dáil added Pat the Cope.

 

Minister Ross is playing fast and loose with the people of southwest Donegal, he knows we are in the twilight zone of the lifetime of this Government and he is playing for time in order to get to the next election, thereafter no commitments will remain –especially if they are never given in the first case.

 

The communities  living west of Fintra Bridge, the parishes of Kilcar and Glencolmcille in addition to Fintra itself,  deserve a new bridge and better road connection, but they also deserve to be provided with a plan that is clearly backed up with the necessary funding. I am calling on funding to be ring fenced and put in a multi annual plan so that no further doubt can arise in regard to Fintra Bridge, none of these proposals made by me have been taken on board by the Minister thus far, despite me raising this issue on numerous occasions since 2016 with him and the Department.

If Fintra Bridge is to proceed then the Minister must confirm a special allocation for this project, this entire project must be underwritten by the Department due to the fact the bridge is located on a regional road and as such there is no way the local authority can bear any of the costs  stated Pat the Cope.

 

 

 

 
















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