Environment Minister Alan Kelly claims credit for securing Tipperary bridge funding
Environment Minister Alan Kelly has written to more than two thousand of his own constituents, claiming credit for the provision of funding in this week's Capital Plan for a multi-million-euro bridge in Tipperary.
Mr Kelly said the €40m Ballina/Killaloe project was included in the Government's €27bn plan following representations he made to Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin on behalf of the area.
"I made numerous representations to Minister Howlin to ensure that this plan was included. This project has been a priority of mine since entering politics and it is my ambition to see it progress," Mr Kelly wrote.
But Fianna Fail Environment spokesperson Barry Cowen said it was clear that Mr Kelly regularly engages in "parish pump politics".
He told the Irish Independent: "If Alan Kelly has the level of clout within Cabinet that he leaves us to believe, why doesn't he use that clout to build and fill a few more houses in Tipperary and other parts of the country?"