Updated: 16/01/18 : 15:16:39
Sligo Chamber welcome this morning’s announcement by Minister Shane Ross TD, of an investment of €11 million for the Western Distributor Road.
This is on top of the €17 million roads allocation for County Sligo in December, an increase of €8 million on last year’s figures.
Tom Kilfeather Director of Services Sligo County Council and Aidan Doyle CEO of Sligo Chamber of Commerce attended a meeting in Leinster House on August 21st 2017 with Minister Ross at the invitation of Cllr Marie Casserly. Also in attendance were Cllr Michael Clarke and MEP Marian Harkin. The purpose of the meeting was to brief Minister Ross in respect of the Western Distributor Road Scheme with a view to ensuring financial support from the Department of Transport for the construction of this Scheme in 2018.
The critical nature of the Scheme in terms of job creation in the North West was outlined to the Minister by Chamber CEO Aidan Doyle and Director of Services Tom Kilfeather and the financial support required from DTTAS in 2018 to allow the scheme go to construction. The Minister spoke very positively towards the Scheme acknowledging its critical importance in offering the IDA the opportunity to market the North West for Foreign Direct Investment. He also recognised that the work done to date by the IDA and Sligo County Council to progress the Scheme and to secure part of the overall funding package to deliver the Scheme was very helpful.
Speaking today Chamber President Des Faul stated “we are delighted additional investment has been secured in order to advance this project and enable IDA attract investment and employment to the Sligo Region”.