Stimulus package to improve life in the midlands

A €2.25b stimulus package under the domestic infrastructure programme will provide a welcome boost to job creation in Longford/Westmeath according to Deputy James Bannon TD.

A €2.25b stimulus package under the domestic infrastructure programme will provide a welcome boost to job creation in Longford/Westmeath according to Deputy James Bannon TD.

The local TD made the comments in the aftermath of the announcement and said the programme was “designed to give the economy a boost and create much needed jobs in Longford/Westmeath and across the rest of the country”.

“I am delighted with this announcement which will pump €2.25into the Irish economy, making significant investments in roads and schools across the country as well as creating 13,000 jobs,” he said. “This represents an important investment in our future through the provision of top class educational facilities, reform of our healthcare facilities and will enhance our roads and improve the transport of goods and services.”

Under the Programme, €850m will be invested in upgrading the national motorway and primary route network and €280m will be invested in the building of 12 new or replacement schools. “In the health sector, €155m will be invested in building up to 20 Primary Care Centres across the country and with a €190m investment in justice, refurbishment and extension works will now be carried out to the existing courthouse in Mullingar,” Deputy Bannon added. “The projects included in this package will be delivered through Public Private Partnerships (PPP) securing value for money for the Exchequer, while delivering on projects that will significantly benefit towns and cities across the country. Creating jobs is this government’s number one priority and I look forward to seeing the benefits such investment will bring to Longford/Westmeath.”