Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

16th February 2018

Breathnach calls for delivery and not just publicity in relation to the National Planning Framework 2040

– We have already seen how their Housing, Broadband & Health Plans have failed to deliver –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach while welcoming certain aspects of the National Planning Framework 2040 has said that we need delivery on the projects outlined and not just publicity.

“A lot of it is mere repetition and re-announcements of what went before. The Government’s record of over promising and under delivering undermines the media blitz over these new plans. In reality it is delivery on real needs rather than broad promises and sweeping commitments that matters. This is an ambitious plan, but there are no time limits set for the various projects outlined.”

“Fianna Fáil has engaged with this process with detailed submission to both plans. We had also put forward legislation on new oversight powers of capital spending to ensure tax payers get value for money and legislation to create a new National Infrastructure Commission to de-politicise these issues.”

“The Plan however is highly politicised, is being rushed through to avoid a Dáil vote and is not co-ordinated and thought through at all”.

“While I welcome the plan to extend the DART service as far as Drogheda, in addition to the plan for the long awaited link road between Bettystown and Laytown, I am disappointed that the plan to develop a new hospital for the North-East has been omitted.”

“While the Framework announces new ambulance bases, including Ardee, this isn’t new. We know that Ardee ideally placed to improve ambulance speed for the region, and any upgrading of this service is welcome”.

“We need sustainable communities for all. This Government has failed in its housing policies, the National Broadband Plan is a joke, and promises in relation to upgrading our roads have not been kept”.

“Wearing a regional jersey, rather than focussing on getting City Status for Drogheda, I prefer to look at the region as a whole. We have two major towns which are very well placed on the eastern corridor, equidistant from Belfast and Dublin Airports. Our region has done well in terms of new jobs but we still have a way to go. We have the Pharmaceutical Park at Dundalk ready for development. We need to think in terms of cross-border growth too, as new jobs for Newry, for instance, would benefit Dundalk and vice versa. I will continue to keep pressure on for investment in our region.”

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Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)

(T) 01 6183549 (Email) declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie