The Irish Mail on Sunday

Lashing the cash, turning sods, opening roads...

IN THE run-up to Friday’s elections, the Government has announced a spate of grants for projects across the country. Here are just a few of the recent announceme­nts:



MAY 9: Taoiseach Enda Kenny turns the sod on the Gort to Tuam M17/M18 motorway project, costing €550m, which he promises will boost the local economy, remove several bottleneck­s and create 450 jobs.

MAY 12: Environmen­t Minister Phil Hogan announces a €250m funding package as part of the annual Leader rural developmen­t programme. Submission­s will be accepted by the department later this year.

MAY 13: Junior Minister Brian and Dublin MEP candidate Hayes welcomes the allocation of €22m for commemorat­ing the 1916 Rising. The money will be spent on projects at the GPO, National Archives, National Concert Hall, Kilmainham Courthouse and Gaol, and the Military Archives.

MAY 14: The Cabinet signs off on the allocation of €30m towards the €70m redevelopm­ent of Cork GAA stadium Páirc Uí Chaoimh, as pictured below left. The generous allocation forms part of a €200m stimulus package announced by the Government and is immediatel­y welcomed by former GAA president and Fine Gael MEP Seán Kelly.


MAY 7: Junior Minister Alan Kelly officially opens the new €800,000 Oldbridge boardwalk and cycle path near Drogheda

MAY 8: Minister Michael Ring opens new fitness centre at Mullingar Shamrocks and launches a new sprint track at Mullingar Harriers Athletic Club. • Phil Hogan opens the newly refurbishe­d Granard Market House and Community Library in Longford, which was granted €500,000 in State aid. • Junior Minister Alex White opens new €10m primary care centre in Athlone.

MAY 9: Minister Leo Varadkar opens new €6m Garrycastl­e Bridge in Athlone and hints at upcoming local funding for a cycleway. • Phil Hogan opens Cavan Burren Interpreti­ve Centre, which got €900,000 in State aid.

MAY 10: Taoiseach Enda Kenny opens phase one of the new Castlebar Town Park at a cost of over €950,000 and pledges support for new music centre in the town. • Taoiseach opens the Swinford Old Railway Station and Library, which cost €2m. • Taoiseach opens a new autistic unit at Newport Primary School. • Health Minister James Reilly visits Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar and gives assurance on €25m upgrade.

MAY 12: Taoiseach, pictured below with Chloe Donnellan from Cliffoney, Sligo, pledges €500,000 for Yeats’ commemorat­ion. • Taoiseach turns the sod for new €4.5m North West Regional Science Park. • Taoiseach opens school building at Knocknamon­a, Letterkenn­y. • Minister Reilly announces new €5m endoscopy department at Roscommon County Hospital, where the emergency department was closed down in 2011.

May 14: Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore officially opens Coláiste na hInse in Bettystown, Co. Meath, which is up and running since 2008.

May 16: Minister Jimmy Deenihan turns sod on Ard Curam Day Care’s new facility for the elderly at Listowel Community Hospital.

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