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More than €12 million for Laois roads while Sinn Fein make promise on housing

Laois TD and Minister for Justice & Equality, Charlie Flanagan, has today confirmed that over €12m in funding has been allocated to assist the repair of regional and local roads in Laois.

Speaking this morning, Minister Flanagan stated: “I warmly welcome the additional funding support of €12,349,884 to assist Laois County Council in progressing repairs to regional and local roads.

“Extreme weather events have had a major impact on the regional and local road network and this funding will see essential maintenance and improvements carried out.

“Fine Gael is determined to support the continued growth in our economy in the years to come by maintaining and renewing existing infrastructure.

“I know this funding will greatly assist in the repairs and ensure our road network in Laois is of the highest standard,”

“These grants are to supplement local authorities’ own resources and expenditure on regional and local road and are just part of the total investment in regional and local roads for this year.”

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley has set out his party’s policy on housing.

He said: “In government, Sinn Féin will deliver the largest public housing programme in the history of the State and we will introduce an emergency three year rent freeze.”

Stanley went on to criticise Fianna Fáil’s latest ‘Boom Bust Bertie economic SSAI proposal launched this week’.

Speaking following the launch of Sinn Féin’s Housing Manifesto, Stanley said: “In Government, Sinn Féin would deliver 100,000 council and affordable homes on public land which would include 60,000 social, 30,000 affordable purchase and 10,000 affordable rental homes.

“We would take 60,000 families off Council house waiting lists, give 30,000 first time buyers genuinely affordable homes and significantly build up a stock of affordable cost rental homes.

“A Sinn Féin Minister for Housing would also take emergency action to address the rental crisis with a rent freeze for three years and a rent tax credit up to 8.5% of your total rent.

“Our Housing manifesto is fully costed and can be delivered without additional government borrowing, or additional taxes on workers earning less than €100,000 per year.

“Lastly, the latest SSAI gimmick from Fianna Fáil is classic Boom Bust Bertie economics and will simply drive up house prices.”