What was referred to by a coroner as 'possibly the most dangerous road in Ireland' has again been ignored in yesterday's Government announcement of funding for road infrastructure improvements.
A total of €2.25 billion investment into the Irish economy is designed to make significant investments in roads and schools across the country and creating 13,000 jobs.
There was no mention of Sligo's N4 as it was revealed that part of yesterdays €2bn allocation will be used to upgrade major roads in Galway and Wexford.
Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar will proceed with some schemes he was forced to shelve last August. It was stated at that time that the funding for the N4 improvement would be appraised in future allocations. See SligoToday 16/1/12
Despite countless promises, including a 100-day pre-election pledge, from Minister of State and Sligo/Nth Leitrim TD John Perry, the 11km lethal stretch still remains largely untouched apart from a few minor works.
The 29 white crosses still stand along the verges as a stark reminder of the fatalities that have occurred on the road between Cloonamahon and Castlebaldwin on the Sligo-Dublin primary route.
The latest tranche of money announced yesterday is scheduled to come from Public Private Partnerships, the sale of State assets, the National Pensions Reserve Fund (NPRF) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
Meanwhile two Primary Care Centres in Sligo and one in Leitrim will benefit from the new investment.
According to the Health Minister, Dr James Reilly, "The funding will provide for the employment of 17 Clinical Nurse Specialists to support the Integrated Care Diabetes Programme and some 255 other Primary Care Team posts, including Public Health Nurses, Registered General Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists."
Sligo/Nth Leitrim TD, Tony McLoughlin said. “In the health sector, €155 million will be invested in building up to 20 Primary Care Centres across the country with more to follow. Developing the network of Primary Care Centres is a key component of the Programme for Government to reform the health service, providing an essential point of contact for people who need access to health services in the years ahead.
"I want to welcome in particular the investment for a Primary Care centre for here in Sligo Town and Ballymote and I understand that the centre for Ballinamore, Co Leitrim is now advancing to construction stage.
“Creating jobs is this Government’s number one priority and I look forward to seeing the benefits today’s announcement brings to Sligo and Leitrim,”concluded the deputy.
Although the funding for this entire initiative is not yet secured the Minister for Public Expenditure, Brendan Howlin, has said he is "absolutely confident" the Government will raise enough money in the sale of State assets to fund their new stimulus package.