Fianna Fail under attack in Castleisland Bypass campaign

22 Mar

Fianna Fail is to be directly targeted by campaigners for the Castleisland bypass.
“No bypass, no votes Fianna Fail”, is the slogan of a new poster campaign that the Castleisland bypass committee is launching.
This comes as the committee received a letter from the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, in which he says the responsibility for the bypass now lies with the Minister for Transport Martin Cullen.
The government says the money is available for the bypass and that the problem lies with the National Roads Authority, which in turn says it’s awaiting funding from the government.
Chairman of the Castleisland bypass committee, Cormac O’Mahony says they hope this action will force the government to build the bypass:
Fianna Fáil candidate in Kerry North, Norma Foley says she’s also disappointed with the Taoiseach’s response, but adds that she’ll be raising the matter at the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis this weekend

Linky: Radio Kerry News


Wednesday 21st of March 2007 06:19 pm
Taoiseach says Castleisland Bypass is matter for Martin Cullen
It appears An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is passing the issue of a bypass for Castleisland onto Minister for Transport Martin Cullen.
In a letter sent to the Castleisland Bypass Committee, Bertie Ahern says he has passed a copy of the committee’s letter to Minister Cullen and has asked him to contact them.
Chairman of the group Cormac O’Mahony is describing the letter as “absolutely ridiculous”.
In September 2005, it was hoped to begin compulsory purchase orders the following month, with the bypass scheduled to be completed by June 2008.

The Chief Executive of the National Roads Authority has told Deputy Jimmy Deenihan that the Oranmore and Tullamore inter urban routes are getting first priority, which means Castleisland will not begin until at least 2009.

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