Leo must de­liver on Metro

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - John MAN­NING

SIX years ago, Leo Varad­kar promised the peo­ple of Swords he would de­liver Metro North and now as he takes the reigns as Taoiseach af­ter the sum­mer break, it is time to hon­our that prom­ise.

That is ac­cord­ing to Cllr Dar­ragh But­ler (FF) who this week dug up some election lit­er­a­ture from 2011, sent to house­holds in the west of Swords which were then part of Leo Varad­kar’s con­stituency in Dublin West.

Cllr But­ler said: ‘For the Fe­bru­ary 2011 Gen­eral Election, when part of Swords was in­cluded in the con­stituency of Dublin West and when Leo Varad­kar T.D. came look­ing for our votes he told us that he strongly sup­ported Metro North.

‘He said that Metro North would be­ing em­ploy­ment, busi­ness and in­vest­ment to Swords and would en­able res­i­dents to travel to the city cen­tre in just over twenty min­utes. He said that a vote for Fine Gael was a vote for a party that had a pos­i­tive view of Metro North.

‘How­ever, one month later Leo Varad­kar was ap­pointed Min­is­ter for Trans­port, Tourism and Sport and then later that year in Novem­ber, he con­firmed the de­fer­ral of sev­eral ma­jor road and rail projects, in­clud­ing Metro North.’

Cllr But­ler said: ‘I be­lieve that de­fer­ral de­ci­sion was a big mis­take as Metro North would have brought badly needed in­vest­ment and em­ploy­ment into the re­gion when it was needed most.’

He added: ‘We are now six years fur­ther down the road and noth­ing has hap­pened. The peo­ple of Swords and Fin­gal are fed up with the con­tin­ued de­lays with re­gard to Metro North. Now that Leo Varad­kar is Taoiseach, I am call­ing on him to keep his 2011 Gen­eral Election prom­ise to the peo­ple of Swords and put Metro North firmly back on track.’

Cllr But­ler con­cluded: ‘We need Metro North to fi­nally get the go ahead, con­nect­ing Swords and north County Dublin, via Dublin Air­port and DCU to Dublin City Cen­tre.’

The peo­ple of Swords will be wait­ing to see if the Taoiseach hon­ours his six-year old prom­ise

Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar.

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