Connaughton welcomes progress on Tuam to Gort motorway


News that the Tuam to Gort motorway is to be included in a Government stimulus programme announced today (Tuesday) has been welcomed by Galway East T.D. Paul Connaughton.

“The inclusion of this project in the stimulus programme is great news for East Galway, as the project is valued at €157 million and will result in a jobs boost in the area.

“This €2 billion stimulus programme shows that this Government is stepping up the mark and providing funding for necessary projects in the Galway region.

“I recently organised a meeting between Tuam Town Council and Minister Richard Bruton, at which job creation was outlined as a top priority for Tuam. Access to the town was among the issues raised at that meeting and speedy progress on the new Tuam to Gort motorway will greatly enhance access to the town and make Tuam much more attractive for inward investment.

“Following today’s announcement, I want to see this project progressed as quickly as possible and it is imperative that a contractor for the 57-km project be found as soon as possible.

“Today’s announcement will also see progress on primary care centres in Tuam and Gort, important parts of the health infrastructure in the county.

“Since my election, I have been working consistently with Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar in an effort to progress this important issue for East Galway.  I am delighted that these projects are included in today’s announcement, but this represents only the beginning of the projects and I will continue to press in coming weeks and months to ensure that each of these projects is completed as quickly as possible.”