Workers threaten to dig up road

16 December 2010

Workers protesting on the final stretch of M7 are threatening to dig up part of the road if they are not paid before Christmas.

The Dublin-Limerick motorway is almost completed, but workers on the development have not been paid since the start of Christmas and earlier this week they downed tools in protest.

An Taoiseach Brian Cowen has intervened in the matter and is currently reading a report on how the situation arose.

The NRA is funding the project and along with the main contractor Bowen Somague, they are in dispute with the Laois County Council and no wages have been paid in three weeks now.

Workers yesterday said they were facing a Christmas with no money. “If we don’t have a resolution by close of business we’re going to start digging back up what we put into this job,” one man said.

“I’ll get my machine operational first thing in the morning and start digging. It possibly would be (a crime), but we have to get some resolution at this stage,” he added.

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