Leo Varadkar promises Limerick-Cork Motorway could be ready by 2022

Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar promises Limerick-Cork Motorway could be ready by 2022 – Varadkar being greeted by Sen. Maria Byrne. Picture: Dave Gaynor

Leo Varadkar promises Limerick-Cork Motorway could be ready by 2022

Fine Gael’s leadership candidate Minister Leo Varadkar has said recently that the new motorway connecting Limerick and Cork could be delivered by 2022.

Last week, Minister Varadkar, in what was seen as a U-turn, said that he would prioritise the development of the M20, though he had abandoned the project back in 2011.

The Social Protection Minister made the comments in relation to the M20 at Bobby Byrne’s pub, O’Connell Avenue, after taking part in the annual Milford Hospice memorial walk this Sunday morning.

However, in response to a question put by Deputy Niall Collins, Minister for Transport Shane Ross cast doubts over the €1bn project, saying that the problem is “scale and size”, and that it would use up “the entire allocation of the capital review”.

When asked about the likelihood of the €1bn project being delivered, Ross said: “I absolutely envision it happening.”

“A lot of projects had to be postponed during the recession, for example, the Metro in Dublin; the M20 which is the most important project, in my view, in Munster, connecting Cork and Limerick.”

He continued: “You now have a link by motorway, between Galway and Limerick, and it’s only common sense that we link, by motorway, Limerick and Cork. Both for economic reasons, but also for towns like Buttevant, Charleville and so on that are very congested.”

“So, that will be very high on my agenda on ones that we need to get done. Now, it’s not going to get done overnight, but I think it could be done over the next five years,” he explained.

Attending the lunch event were Minister Patrick O’Donovan, Minister Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, Tom Neville TD, Sen Maria Byrne, Sen Kieran O’Donnell, local Fine Gael councillors and party members.

After the memorial walk, Leo Varadkar also made a commitment to visit the Milford Hospice facility in the coming months.

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