The Taoiseach has directly contradicted Minister Leo Varadkar on the issue of James Reilly’s interference with the list of locations for Primary Care Centres, according to Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD.
FINE Gael Cork East Deputy, Tom Barry, has said the M20 remains a priority for Government but careful consideration must be given to how best to progress the project in these straitened economic times.
FINE Gael Cork North Central Deputy, Dara Murphy, has this morning (Wednesday) said the announcement by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, that no new tolls are to be introduced is extremely welcome as it means that the proposed tolls for the Cork/ Limerick road and the Jack Lynch Tunnel will not now go ahead.
“The Minister has clearly stated that owing to the costs that motorists are incurring at the moment he is reluctant to hit them again with additional road tolls.
THE Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Terry Shannon has written to the consultants engaged by Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar to review the options for the future ownership and operation of Cork and Shannon Airports.
In the letter the Lord Mayor called for Cork City Council to be included in the consultation process on the airport’s future.
FINE Gael Cork South Central TD, Jerry Buttimer, has said recent CSO figures on tourism which show that visits to Ireland for the first eight months of 2011 were up by 11 per cent compared to the same period in 2010, are proof that the Government’s efforts to boost visitor numbers are paying off.
“In total, 4.5 million people visited Ireland in the period from January to August. This is a significant rise of 11 per cent on the same time in 2010 and a clear indication that the tourism industry is finally getting back on track.
FINE Gael TD for Cork South Central, Jerry Buttimer, has said that a new €9 million international tourism marketing initiative will reach a worldwide audience of 20 million people, and should help to significantly boost visitor numbers to Cork and the surrounding region.
“This initiative, announced by the Minister for Tourism, Leo Varadkar, will see a veritable blitz of media outlets across the globe, from Europe to Asia and the US, promoting Ireland as a world class winter tourism destination.
“Joint campaigns between Tourism Ireland and a list of private operators will reach an audience of 20 million potential overseas visitors.
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has ruled out funding for the light rail system because “sufficient funding” will not be available until 2017 at the earliest.
Minister Varadkar confirmed the project had been effectively shelved in response to a parliamentary question from Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesperson and Cork TD Michael McGrath.