Local councillors call for dual currency acceptance at Toll Plaza

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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
Community, Politics
At a recent meeting of the joint committee between Newry Council and Louth Local Authorities Sinn Féin councillors proposed that both sterling and euro currencies should be accepted at the M1 Toll Plaza. Mayor of Newry & Mourne Councillor Mickey Ruane explained, “This is a real issue for people living along the border who are forced to constantly deal with two currencies. “Both myself and my colleague in Louth, Councillor Edel Corrigan, believe that this inconvenience of only one currency being accepted should be changed straight away. “In the scheme of things I know that there are more weighty matters to be discussed but I think that this issue could be very simply addressed, making people’s commute that bit easier. “We have all been caught fumbling for change at the Toll Bridge so I think it would make a lot of sense to accept bother Euro and Sterling.” As a result of this proposal the Committee clerk has been tasked with contacting the National Roads Authority and Celtic Roads Group to invite them to attend the next meeting. Louth County Councillor Edel Corrigan added, “Many people not only make the journey through the toll plaza to access areas in the south of Ireland but also for business reasons. It is already difficult and an inconvenience to have to use two different currencies on this island, so we need to consider those passing through this toll and address this issue.”
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1 Comment for “Local councillors call for dual currency acceptance at Toll Plaza”

  1. david

    I think the Sinn Fein brethern are miss informed. As some one who uses te M1 toll upwards of ten times per month on average i can confirm as fact that both sterling and euro are accepted. I have used sterling on many occasion. There is no exchange rate it is a like for like payment. I would worry that a political party with an an all Ireland outlook did not fully research this!!

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