Leo must deliver on Metro
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.