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Humphreys concern over soaring road costs

15 October 2019

Statement by Senator Kevin Humphreys
Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Labour Transport spokesperson Senator Kevin Humphreys has questioned whether any building projects will be delayed as a result of a reported cost overrun on the planned construction of the N5 Westport to Turlough Road.

It comes after Cabinet today gave the green light the project at a cost of €241m- €71m more than was quoted at the start of the year.

Senator Humphreys commented:

“Just 10 months ago the cost of this road building project was put at around €170m, a figure that was widely quoted at the time.

“But today we hear that approval has finally been granted to start building the dual carriageway from Westport to Turlough at a price tag of €241m.

“That’s an increase of more than 40 per cent.

“I want know what has happened in the past 10 months to cause costs to spiral by €70m- and importantly, will any other planned projects be delayed as a result?

“This Government prides itself on its finance management credentials but this is another example of a cost over-run.

“€70m is not small change and shouldn’t be carelessly thrown about.”