Paul Melia: Plan short on detail and delivery dates
Published 11/11/2011 | 05:00
THE Government's capital spending plan announced yesterday is vague, short on detail, and has no timetable for the delivery of projects.
There's money to link-up Dublin's Luas system, but no timescale for its completion. Forty schools will be built up to 2017, but we don't know where or when. In effect, the €17bn earmarked in spending over the next four years will be mostly used to maintain what we already have.
Just one big-ticket project is going ahead in 2012 -- the €70m Ballaghaderreen bypass in Co Roscommon. The rest of the roads budget will be used to finish projects, or pay back the cost of the motorway network that's already finished.