Louth TD disappointed that new hospital for North-East left out of Project 2040 plans
Louth Deputy Declan Breathnach has lashed out at the Government's National Planning Framework 2040 plans this afternoon - taking particular aim at the lack of a plan to develop a new hospital in the North-east.
"I am disappointed that the plan to develop a new hospital for the North-East has been omitted", stated Breathnach.
“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”.
While welcoming certain aspects of the National Planning Framework 2040, Breathnach said that delivery on the projects outlined and not just publicity was needed.
“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.”
“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”.
“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.”