13th October, 2011


Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering has today welcomed the announcement by Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly that over €10m will be allocated to sustainable transport projects under the jobs initiative this year giving over 14,500 person days of employment for local contractors.

Following two rounds of investment in sustainable transport projects costing €4million each, a further €2 million specifically targeted at smaller projects has now been released by Minister Alan Kelly.

Launching the scheme Minister Kelly “At a time when construction is at a particularly low ebb, local contractors around the country will have generated over 14,000 days of employment while local cycling and walking facilities have been enhanced. It is not a full solution but we are doing all that is possible to help job creation,”

Pat Deering said “these are small projects, but they all add up, they’re a little bit of work for local contractors which is great in these difficult times. Three Carlow projects got the go ahead, a pedestrian crossing at the dispensary in Hacketstown, a footpath from Ballyellen to Goresbridge and a pedestrian crossing at Tullow Community School. These are shovel ready projects that will commence immediately. As well as the employment they create these are very valuable projects for the communities, and it is hoped all such schemes will make our roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists”

“This is a government using their heads, using relatively small amounts of money to create employment in a meaningful way, locally, that also benefits the community” Deering said after the Launch in Dublin today.