Speaking after the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadker TD’s announcement that The Sports Capital Programme will be awarded two new rounds, Fine Gael Deputy for Cavan and Monaghan, Joe O’Reilly TD welcomed this news.

‘The Programme provides for two new rounds of the Sports Capital Programme (Formerly National Lottery). These two rounds will be roughly half the value of previous rounds. Focus will be on small, low cost projects which increase participation in sports. Although it is not possible to offer more investment in this area it is welcome news nonetheless for many small projects in the Cavan and Monaghan who are in need some financial assistance’ explained the Deputy.

Speaking of the investment scale backs in transport infrastructure the Deputy said ‘Investment in transport infrastructure will be scaled back significantly over the next five years in order to allow the Government to meet its commitments in health and education, restore our economic sovereignty, and keep taxes down.

This reduction is necessary to allow the Government to honour its commitment to keep taxes on income low and to prevent major cuts to social welfare rates.

More than 85% of transport capital will be required to restore and maintain existing roads and railways, and to purchase replacement buses and trains. The priority is therefore to make the best use, and to get maximum value, from existing infrastructure. However there will be investment in the replacement of Bus Éireann bus fleets and Integrated Ticketing, Improved Passenger Information and Investment in Disabled Access.’

Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website