Min­is­ter Ross must make the call on re­mov­ing town toll

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

THE re­moval of the sliproad tolls is ‘doable’ ac­cord­ing to the CEO of Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Ire­land (TII) - but the main ob­sta­cle seems to be po­lit­i­cal will.

Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Mun­ster again raised the is­sue of the re­moval of the sliproad tolls at the Oireach­tas Trans­port Com­mit­tee when she ques­tioned the CEO of TII on the pos­si­bil­ity of re­mov­ing the tolls for the du­ra­tion of the Fleadh.

In re­sponse, he con­firmed that the re­moval of sliproad tolls in Drogheda is “doable”, but that Min­is­ter Ross must make the de­ci­sion.

“I was in con­tact with Min­is­ter Ross’s of­fice sev­eral weeks ago seek­ing a meet­ing to dis­cuss the mat­ter of the re­moval of the sliproad tolls in Drogheda. This is an is­sue that I have been push­ing since tak­ing my seat as a TD, and I am urg­ing the Min­is­ter to take ac­tion as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

“The main ob­sta­cle at the mo­ment ap­pears to be po­lit­i­cal will. I in­tend to make a strong case for Drogheda when I meet Min­is­ter Ross on this mat­ter.

“This year the Fleadh Cheoil is tak­ing place in Drogheda. This will be the big­gest cul­tural event to ever take place in the town and we look for­ward to wel­com­ing a huge num­ber of vis­i­tors for the event dur­ing the sum­mer. It is vi­tally im­por­tant that the tolls are re­moved ahead of the Fleadh. At the very least the tolls need to be re­moved for the du­ra­tion of this event, should a per­ma­nent re­moval not be pos­si­ble by Au­gust.”

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