€10m pre-election windfall for Longford

€10m pre-election windfall for Longford

Over €10 million was allocated to Co Longford today, Tuesday, in a pre-election windfall that brought funding for the local health facility, a library and the county’s roads.

A total of €4.7m was allocated for the refurbishment of St Joseph’s Care Centre in Longford town while a further €4.6m was allocated to roads maintenance in the county. Finally, €1.2m was allocated towards the construction of Edgeworthstown library.  

Speaking about St Joseph’s Care Centre, Deputy James Bannon told the Leader: “As recently as this weekend, at the 78th Fine Gael Ard Fheis, I was speaking during the discussions on Healthcare and I called on the Minister to provide funding for St. Joseph's for its total refurbishment as a matter of urgency and I am very pleased that Minister Varadkar has listened to my views on this issue.”

However Fine Gael councillor Peggy Nolan said that she was disappointed that no funding had been allocated for a step-down facility at St Joseph’s.  She said that she welcomed the funding allocated but claimed that this was maintenance funding  for existing buildings adding that she wanted to see “funding to transform the other buildings into a step-down.”

“The midlands needs a step-down facility,” Cllr Nolan pointed out.  “Why let it go anywhere else?”

Library

Meanwhile Edgeworthstown also got a much needed boost today with news that €1.2 m had been allocated towards a much-needed library in the town.  

Reacting to news of the funding for Edgeworthstown library, Matt Farrell of Edgeworthstown Development Association said:  “It is appropriate that the announcement be made on the eve of the 250th anniversary of the birth of the celebrated novelist and author Maria Edgeworth, born on January  1, 1767,” he said.

It is hoped the development, which will cost in the region of €2m, will be complete by the end of 2017.

Local TD James Bannon said the library would be “ a major boost to the town”.

Deputy Penrose heaped praise on Mr Farrell and his fellow Development Association members.

“They were one of the best local groups I have ever met and they made a very compelling case in both securing a site and ensuring the plans for a new library could be accelerated,” he said.

However, Independent General Election candidate Barbara Smyth said the timing of the announcement was classic case of auction politics.

“To me, all this screams of is electioneering,” she told the Leader.

 

 

Roads

Finally, funding for local roads to the tune of €4.6 million was announced today, Tuesday.  The funding is for road improvement and maintenance on many of the county’s worst roads.

Funding has been granted for roads such as Moyrath Cross Ardagh  €30,000; Park Road, Longford town €20,000; R194 Springtown €15,000; R393 Rabbitpark Junction €30,000; Clonrollagh Junction for Melview €30,000; Gaigue Cross €25,000, L1050 Mullinalaghta National School €15,000.

A total of €230,000 has been granted for Bridge Rehabilitation Works  with €180,000 going to the bridge in Tennalick near Abbeyshrule and €50,000 to the bridge at Curraghroe.  

Welcoming the news, Fine Gael TD for Longford-Westmeath James Bannon said: “The funding package will allow approximately 2,000 kilometres of regional and local roads to be maintained nationally and close to 2,000 kilometres strengthened this year.”

Funding has been granted for roads such as Moyrath Cross Ardagh  €30,000; Park Road, Longford town €20,000; R194 Springtown €15,000; R393 Rabbitpark Junction €30,000; Clonrollagh Junction for Melview €30,000; Gaigue Cross €25,000, L1050 Mullinalaghta National School €15,000.

A total of €230,000 has been granted for Bridge Rehabilitation Works  with €180,000 going to the bridge in Tennalick near Abbeyshrule and €50,000 to the bridge at Curraghroe.