Minister must give priority to repair of rural roads – Kenny
Speaking in Leinster House today, Sinn Féin spokesman on Rural and Community Development Martin Kenny TD welcomed the commitment of Minister Michael Ring to monitor the expenditure of the reduced Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) budget with a view to additional allocation.
Deputy Kenny said:
“I asked the Minister in the Dáil about the reduction of €7 million in the LIS budget from 2017, which seemed a backward step in the context of the damage done to rural roads by extreme weather conditions over the long winter just past.
“I am glad to see that the Minister responded by saying that he has asked county councils to compile a secondary list of roads they would have the capacity to complete should funding become available in his Department later in the year.
“While I welcome this intention, I urge the Minister to give some priority to the repair of rural roads, which in many cases are a danger to motorists and are causing damage to vehicles due to the state of their disrepair.”