July 14, 2024

Sinn Féin MEP Chris MacManus has expressed his disappointment that the west and northwest of Eire haven’t been added to the TEN-T Core Community, particularly the Western Rail Hall.

A vote was held within the European Parliament this week on a report on massive transport infrastructure tasks within the EU, referring to the TEN-T Community.

MEP MacManus mentioned: “I voted in favour of this report, which highlights the important thing position of Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding in massive infrastructure tasks, funding which is just accessible to infrastructure included on the TEN-T Community.”

“Over the 2007-2020 interval, the EU price range allotted over €109 billion to move infrastructure tasks on the TEN-T community. It’s a important supply of funding for these tasks and the Irish Authorities should take full benefit of it.”

“Subsequently it is extremely disappointing that the Irish Authorities has refused to reintroduce the west and northwest of Eire to the TEN-T Core Community, particularly the Western Rail Hall.”

McManus MEP added: “Adjustments to the TEN-T Community have to be endorsed by the Authorities of the member state involved, and the Irish Authorities have refused to endorse the addition of the Western Rail Hall to the TEN-T Community till the publication of the all-island rail evaluate.”

“This evaluate has been delayed indefinitely because of the absence of an Government within the north, although it has been broadly reported that the evaluate will advocate the partial reopening of the Western Rail Hall between Athenry and Claremorris and the event of a railway between Letterkenny and Derry. My worry is that the Authorities intend to make use of the absence of European funding as an excuse to not spend money on these rail traces.”

“The west and northwest of Eire has been ranked 219th out of 234 European areas by way of infrastructure in a current EU report. If we’re to handle regional imbalance, entice funding and create prime quality jobs, we desperately want funding in infrastructure, notably transport infrastructure.”

“Minister Eamon Ryan should urgently be sure that the west of Eire is restored to the TEN-T Core Community to make sure that our communities can totally profit from European funding within the time forward.”

 

Disappointment as northwest of Eire omitted from TEN-T Core Community was final modified: June fifteenth, 2023 by Rachel McLaughlin