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Thursday 8 December 2016

Editorial: High stakes in drive for EU funds

Tara Street station will be one of the stations to benefit from the upgrade
Tara Street station will be one of the stations to benefit from the upgrade

The government’s ‘wish list’ for EU funding includes major water and transport projects for the capital.

The Finance Department are hoping to part-fund the pumping of drinking water to Dublin from the Shannon as well as the construction of a sewage treatment plant.

Dart Underground, Metro North, and another runway for Dublin Airport are also on the list.

Badly-needed social housing units may also be built if the Government secure a chunk of the €315bn in funds the European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker oversees.

It’s well known that the city’s water system is creaking with age; commuters, particularly on the northside, need better transport options; and it

would be an understatement to say that housing in the capital is in crisis.

There are high stakes and the Government must do its best to access a fair share of any EU funding on offer so that vital infrastructure and housing projects can proceed.

 

Real winner is the GAA

IT was an exhilarating clash, but the frustration was palpable as hoards of disappointed Mayo and Dublin GAA supporters filtered out of Croke Park yesterday.

The draw means the two teams will have to do it all again next weekend.

While it may not be the result fans and players had hoped for, it comes as good news for the GAA and Dublin hotels, pubs and restaurants who are looking forward to a bumper sports weekend and solid earnings.

The replay will see another 82,000 fans stream through the gates at GAA headquarters. The two teams will take to the pitch just 24 hours before the All-Ireland Hurling final between Galway and reigning champions Kilkenny.

It will be a good weekend for sports fans, as well as for the coffers of the GAA and city businesses.

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