“€2.5m funding for North Tipperary roads, an EU success story” – MEP Prendergast

Labour MEP representing North Tipp, Phil Prendergast, today welcomed the grant of €2,688,211 by the Minister for Public Transport Alan Kelly, for an upgrade to roads and bridges in North Tipperary. The European Union, through the Cohesion Policy Fund 2007-2013 is a co-financing partner on many of the transport projects announced today by the Minister.

Speaking after the announcement, Ms. Prendergast said “I am delighted with today’s announcement by the Minister for Public Transport Alan Kelly. We have some of the poorest quality public infrastructure in Europe, and I am delighted that the Minister has prioritized investment in infrastructure in North Tipperary which will bring it closer to European standards.

“Since Ireland joined the European Union in 1973 we have received over €17 billion from the EU’s Structural and Cohesion Policies. The EU can pay for up to 85% of the cost of the project. It is a real good news story in terms of Europe and it’s relationship to Ireland.

“Minister Kelly, as a former MEP, appreciates the value of working with Europe, and I welcome his commitment to utilizing EU funds to the fullest degree possible for the benefit of the people of North Tipp.

“I would like to particularly welcome the safety upgrading at the N-62 junction of Templemore Road and Cu-Chulainn Road. We have come a long way in enhancing the safety of our roads not just in North Tipp, but all over the Country, and I think the announcement today will further reduce dangerous and hazardous conditions in our road infrastructure.”

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