Alan Kelly TD, Minister for Public Transport and Commuter Affairs has welcomed the announcement by Minister Brendan Howlin TD of an additional investment of €150 million in Exchequer capital funding for 2013 and 2014. This is on top of another €250M that the government have agreed for a new pipeline of projects.
Minister Kelly said “this investment is additional to the capital allocations already provided for the relevant Departments (€414m for Education; €900m for Transport and €726m for Environment in 2013)”.
In Education, work will be carried out on 28 schools to either replace school buildings or carry out large scale extension or refurbishment at a cost of €90m. In the roads sector, moneys will be allocated to local roads to carry out much needed surface restoration and road reconstruction works.
An additional €50 million in 2013 will allow an extra 600km of roadwayto be rehabilitated to a high standard. Some 25,000 local authorityhousing with low levels of energy performance will become eligible for a new grant scheme totalling €50m.
Minister Kelly said “this announcement continues this government’s stimulus plan and it is expected that up to 13,000 jobs will be created as these projects are being delivered”.