Irish Times heading – Fine Gael TD criticises Gilmore

A frontbench Fine Gael TD has rounded on Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore
over comments he made about the Metro North project.

Mr Gilmore this morning said that if in power Labour would redo the
National Development plan and “prioritise those projects likely to create
the most jobs”.

“Metro North would be shot back,” he told Marian Finucane on RTE Radio.

Fine Gael health spokesman Dr James Reilly, a Dublin North TD, said Mr
Gilmore had shown a “negative attitude” to the project which he sees as a
“key transport and jobs initiative”.

Dr Reilly said the project, work on which is expected to begin in April,
would generate 37,000 jobs.

“The Labour Party’s attitude shocks me,” he said.

“They claim they will invest in jobs and critical infrastructure,
but…Eamonn GIlmore said he would push back the Metro North project…Now is
the time to invest in jobs in Dublin North.”

The Government in July announced it would allocate some €5.7 billion for
transport projects including the Metro North and Dart Underground as part
of the Infrastructure Investment Priorities 2010-2016.

The Railway Procurement Agency this week said work on the long-awaited line
from St Stephen’s Green to Dublin airport and north Co Dublin will begin in
April.
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Bill writes – Firstly the Irish Times should recognise that James Reilly is
deputy leader of Fine Gael unless it is intent on revealing its Labour bias.

Secondly, Dr Reilly should look for a review of the costing of Metro North
and have it on file. The issue of securitising fares for decades and the
real cost to the state of this project should be avilable through the
Railway Procurement Agency tendering process and Mr O’Driscoll or Mr
Manning could enlighten any enquirers. Metro North has been dissected by
Senator Pascal Donohoe of Fine Gael who challenged the cost benefit some
time ago. I hope that there is a station built in Ballymun at the shopping
centre on Main Street because it is the trigger for development of the
Treasury owned site. However, the St Stepehn’s Green end of the Metro is
questionable.

This country needs elected politicians who put Ireland, transparency and
fairness first. If I am elected, I will do that to the exclusion of
propaganda and bombast.

Gilmore should be challenged to provide numeric reasons for his musings on
radio. Where are the 37,000 Reilly jobs going to appear from?