Anger at Tipp’s exclusion from M20 plans

Local representatives have reacted angrily to the news that Tipperary looks set to be excluded from the plans to link Cork to Limerick.

It comes following a speech made by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this morning.

The M20, which is intended to connect Galway to Cork had two proposed routes, one through Limerick and one through Tipperary.

It’s understood that linking the road to the existing M8 at Cahir would cut 15 minutes off of the journey time from Limerick to Cork, and would save 300 million euro, in comparison to the alternative plan of putting a direct motorway between the two main cities in the province.

However, An Taoiseach Leo Varakdar has this morning said that the M20 will link Cork to Limerick and on to Galway – suggesting that the proposed route through Tipperary has been scrapped.

Tipp town based County Councillor Denis Leahy says if the decision had been taken for economic reasons, it would be easier to take.

The Taoiseach has confirmed the M20 Cork/Limerick motorway will be part of the 10-year capitol spending plan to be announced in December.

The 96-kilometer stretch of motorway is now set to go ahead, as the Taoiseach says money is no longer a barrier to the project…

However, Councillor Leahy says saving 300 million euro by re-routing the M20 through Tipperary would enable the construction of a new hospital.

He has accused the Taoiseach of building a two-tier society by forgetting about towns like Tipperary.