Pictured above – Minister Ross at Cavan Courthouse with L-R; Brendan Jennings – Director of Services, Tommy Ryan – Chief Executive, Council Cathaoirleach Madeline Argue, Minister Humphreys, Deputy Brendan Smith and Councillor Paddy Reilly.
Minister Ross with Minister Humphreys, Deputy Brendan Smith, Councillors Clifford Kelly and Sarah O’Reilly in Shercock.
At my request the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport visited County Cavan and met with Senior Council Officials and County Councillors.
Minister Ross saw at first hand a number of road projects that need to be progressed including the proposed Virginia By-Pass, the Virginia to Ballyjamesduff to Cavan road and the Cavan/Cootehill/Shercock route. These are roads that are of particular importance to a large part of our county carrying heavy volumes of traffic.
Cavan County Council and Monaghan County Council made excellent submissions to the Minister detailing the road needs of both counties and the urgent need to increase funding. A clear message was given to the Minister that people and businesses deserve to have roads up to proper standards.
As I have outlined constantly in Dáil Éireann to the Transport Minister there is a need for the Government to prioritise infrastructure investment in areas such as the border region because of the particular challenges and difficulties that will arise for our business and commerce due to the adverse impact of Brexit. It was also clearly outlined at our meetings the potential to grow the tourism industry locally with adequate state investment.