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Government on the cheap scheme must be scrapped - Stanley

20 May, 2013 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on environment, community and local government, Brian Stanley TD has today said the government’s proposal to “carry out road repairs on the cheap must be scrapped”.

Responding to Minister for state at the Department of Transport, Alan Kelly’s proposals, Stanley said:

“[…] the government has reached a new low. This government’s road repair scheme expects local people must now put forward 20-50% of funding, including free labour, to ensure their roads are repaired. There are serious questions about health and safety as well as potential job loses to be answered.

“Essential repairs to our roads must be carried out by those trained in this specialised work. To expect local people to repair their roads is a totally irresponsible. To expect local communities to fund raise to repair their roads is a terrible indictment on this government. People pay taxes to cover the cost of road repairs and other essential services. The scheme must be immediately scrapped.

“If this government cannot fund local government to repair roads they have to look no further r than the mirror. This government has slashed local government funding from €210m in 2011 to €24m this year. On top of this the government took a further €150m out of the Motor Tax Fund to pay off the foreign debt.  These cuts have led to the crisis that is at the heart local authorities in Ireland today.”

Sinn Féin spokesperson on transport Dessie Ellis TD said, “Minister Kelly’s government has cut spending on road maintenance from €1.258 billion in 2011 to €750m this year. Expecting local people to plug the gap is disgraceful. The less well-off communities will once again bear the brunt of this government’s mismanagement of our resources. This is a recipe for disaster.”

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