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All Ireland motorway is in the pipeline

With talks of Brexit dominating the news last year it has became a topic most people in Ireland have had to discuss at least once with the threat of a hard border being one of the main issues.

Although many have viewed the decision for the UK to leave the EU as a disastrous one it seems the Irish governments main focus will be on an travel between the entire island of Ireland with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar promising to spend big on travel links between the north and south with first on his list is building a new motorway from Dublin to Donegal via Derry.

Along with this, Varadkar has said that he wants to improve the railway service between Dublin and Belfast. The Irish Sun reports that Varadkar has outlined his intentions to focus on the north’s infrastructure. Varadkar said;

“There will also be a focus on the North and the All-Island economy, improving infrastructure over the next ten years, building a motorway to connect Dublin and the border counties to Derry and Letterkenny and also examining the Dublin to Belfast rail line”

This news comes a few months after Varadkar also promised the public that a motorway between Limerick and Cork would be constructed.

Last year the Taoiseach said this about the Limerick to Cork motorway after the new Tuam to Gort motorway had just been opened:

“It’s (the M17/M18) part of a future Atlantic Corridor which is going to link the entire western seaboard so with this now in place we are going to have a motorway linking Galway to Clare and Clare onto Limerick and in due course we will link Limerick to Cork as well and that’s important because it means that all roads no longer lead to Dublin.”

 

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About Rachel Lynch

Rachel Lynch
Journalist with InTallaght.

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