Ged can help the no toll fight

Mid Louth Independent - - OPINION | YOUR LETTERS -

Dear Sir,

GED Nash says that a fairy god­mother will be needed to pro­vide the funds to buy out Road Toll con­tracts. He is in­cor­rect. The in­put of the de­part­ment of fi­nance is all that is needed. They are lo­cated in Mer­rion Street, right be­side where Se­na­tor Nash works. The amount of fund­ing re­quired to rid us of tolling na­tion­ally equates to ap­prox­i­mately half of one per­cent of our na­tional tax take. In other words it is a round­ing er­ror!

Ged Nash scoffs that those that say all that is re­quired is ‘po­lit­i­cal will’ to rid us of road tolls. Why does Ged Nash not have the po­lit­i­cal will to solve this prob­lem. Does he not care that some of his con­stituents mush pay €1,000 to go to work? Does he think it is fair that his vot­ers in Louth and Coastal Meath should be sin­gled out to pay road tolls while oth­ers through­out the coun­try do not?

Labour is a very small party na­tion­ally. It only has 7 TDs. Ged Nash is a Labour Se­na­tor in the Seanad. I’m sure Ged Nash knows that if there was no road toll out­side Droic­head Átha, there would be a lot less traf­fic in Droic­head Átha. He knows that our com­muters have a choice, pay €1,000 per year or add a lit­tle to Droic­head Átha’s con­ges­tion.

Given how small his party is he would have great in­flu­ence. He should be seek­ing to change Labour trans­port pol­icy in re­la­tion to road tolling. This is his chance to do some­thing pos­i­tive for his area and help his elec­tion chances in the fu­ture. It would be a poor re­flec­tion on his pow­ers of per­sua­sion if he can’t con­vince a hand­ful of his own TDs to back him. If he doesn’t want to ban road tolls he needs to tell us why.

Yours etc John Kier­ans Fianna Fáil PRO for Louth and Coastal Meath

Paddy Bren­nan, Frank Mc Don­nell and Tommy Com­mons at the Eir­com and Tele­com An­nual Pen­sion­ers Din­ner at Done­gans Monaster­boice

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