A little good news for the future of Thurles today, with the town to be listed for a Primary Care Centre, in the Government’s new €2.25bn National Infrastructure Stimulus Package, which is expected to be announced this afternoon. Nationally in the health sector, in total 20 primary care centres will be built, with procurement beginning before the end of next year and construction starting in 2014. (Well that is if we all have’nt emigrated by then.)
This Infrastructure Stimulus Package, is expected to be announced nationally later today by An Taoiseach, An Tánaiste and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, and is expected to includes details of significant national investment in schools, primary care centres and roads.
It is hoped in the longer term that this package will assist in stimulating job creation and restore confidence. This primary care centre in Thurles is expected to provide at least some extra work in the construction sector.
This Infrastructure Stimulus Package is expected to see the delivery of the N17/N18 Gort to Tuam road, the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy and the N25 New Ross bypass. (Nice one Brendan Howlin, your Labour seat is safe.) Twelve years on, the badly needed Thurles bypass is not expected to feature, yet again.
IBEC have said that any announcement by Government of funding for infrastructure projects would be an important first step in helping to restore domestic demand in the Irish economy. The group also said that the importance of Public Private Partnership in this package also highlights the significant improvement in how international investors see Ireland’s growth prospects.
Clonmel and Carrick on Suir Co Tipperary are also expected to benefit, with Carrick on Suir to benefit from a new building for Comeragh College.