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Poll: Should we still be building new roads?

We’re turning the sod on a new bypass for Tralee today – but with the budget deficit so big, should we be cutting back?

THE TRANSPORT MINISTER Leo Varadkar is this morning turning the sod on a new bypass of Tralee in Co Kerry, which will cost the State around €97m and take just under two years to build.

The new bypass is aimed at encouraging tourism to the region, with the intention of relieving congestion in Tralee while also allowing for easier access to Killarney and Farranfore airport. It’s one of six road construction projects going ahead this year.

But the sod-turning also comes on the day that teachers’ unions attack plans to increase the pupil-teacher ratio in the country’s schools – a move they say could see over a thousand teachers laid off.

Today we’re asking: given the country’s precarious financial state, are programmes like road construction a luxury we should be going without, or a necessary investment in getting the country back on its feet?

Put simply – should we still be building new roads?

Poll Results:

Yes (941)
No (556)
I don't know (83)

Read: Construction to begin on new €97m Tralee bypass >

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