Updated: 12/12/16 : 11:38:55
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TII confirm €17.8m spent on N4 upgrade since 2012

Tony McLoughlin TD has stated that Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) have confirmed to him that over €17m has been spent on upgrading the N4 since 2012.

Deputy McLoughlin said, "Since I was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 2011, the upgrade of the 'N4' in Sligo has always been a top priority for me.

"Despite what some people, with vested interests, may have led you to believe in recent weeks and months about the lack of funding for this N4 project and for Co. Sligo and Leitrim in general, I want to advise that Transport Infrastructure Ireland have confirmed to me via Parliamentary Question last week that since 2012, a sum of €17,780,000 has been spent on the Sligo N4 upgrade, and that the construction stage for the new N4 is expected to be announced in 2017, with an estimated cost of well over €100 Million. This new road will be the biggest Government infrastructural investment in Co. Sligo in the history of the Irish State.

"I have and continue to lobby and work hard on this substantial issue behind the scenes on behalf of the N4 Action Group, Mr. Bernard Mulhern, the Sligo Chamber Of Commerce, IBEC, Sligo County Council and the people of Sligo and the entire North West region."

Mr McLoughlin continued,"I am very glad to be able to say that this new road has been started, and will be delivered under a Fine Gael led Government which I support.

"I say this as it is important to remember that during the so called good economic times of the 'Celtic Tiger', when the country was awash with money, and when motorways were being built in the East and the South of the country, not one penny or cent was spent on this road in Sligo under the previous Fianna Fáil Governments. Despite there being senior serving Ministers in the Constituency.

"I am very proud that despite the difficult and very challenging economic times we have faced as a country over the past 8 years, Fine Gael and the Government I support, see just how important this N4 project is to the people and the businesses of Co. Sligo and the North West and I look forward to it being delivered to this region over the next number of years," concluded the Sligo based TD.