Tipperary town has lost out on a €4m project designed to alleviate a chaotic traffic situation.
”The town council has turned its back on €4m funding for a by pass project and ended up with getting just enough money to do a footpath” blasted Junior Minister Tom Hayes this week as he hit out at the vote taken by the council to reject an initial €500,000 funding for phase one of the project.
He also hit out at his Junior Minister government colleague Alan Kelly who claimed after the vote - “I immediately ensured the funding would remain spent in Tipperary”.
Minister Hayes said it was disingenuous of Alan Kelly to suggest he saved the money as it was always the intention of Transport Minister Leo Varadakar that if the money was not spent in Tipperary town on the link road project that it would be spent on other road projects in South Tipperary.
“The money has been allocated now to jobs that were already on a South Tipperary County Council list. It was ridiculous of Alan Kelly to suggest the money was in danger of being spent outside South Tipperary” said Minister Hayes.
Junior Minster Kelly announced this week that the money (€514,000) would now be spent on road strengthening on the road between Ballingarry and Urlingford (€238,000), resurfacing of main road through Lattin (€110,000), work on the Old Bridge in Carrick on Suir (€35,000) and a total of €131,000 would be spent on two footpath projects, the Galbally Road and Dundrum Road footpaths, in Tipperary Town.