Thursday January 23, 2020

Kelly diverted cycling grant to fund car park

Minister diverted money from the scheme to constituency town despite experts’ stated misgivings

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

22nd August, 2015
Car park failed to meet the objectives of programme. Picture: Eamon Ward

Environment Minister Alan Kelly handed out a €275,000 grant to a town to reduce car journeys – even though officials warned him it would be used to build a car park.

The money was handed over to the twin towns of Ballina and Killaloe which are situated on either side of the river Shannon. Ballina is in Kelly’s Tipperary constituency, while Killaloe is in Clare.

The money was provided from the active travel...

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