Ged can help the no toll fight
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