Roads such as this Co Louth road will be improved with money from the new grant
Fine Gael TD Fergus O'Dowd has welcomed the news that Louth will receive €5.9 million in Government funding to improve regional and local roads.
Local TD O’Dowd said: “I was delighted to see Louth receive nearly €6 million in funding for our local and regional roads. Some €417 million has been allocated for investment in the programme nationally.
“This funding will allow safety improvement works to be carried out throughout the county with Termonfeckin, Blackbush Lane, Sundays Gate and Hoathstown receiving significant funding.”
The TD also said that the funding would help to improve road conditions and keep drivers safe on roads in the locality.
He said: “Fine Gael in Government is committed to reducing deaths on Irish roads. 2017 saw the lowest number of fatalities on roads since records began. We cannot allow complacency to creep in and we must drive this down further.
“These roads are used by families every day and are essential for connecting people locally. This funding will
Minister for Transport Shane Ross also commented on the announcement saying: “I am especially pleased that the 2018 grant allocations include important initiatives in the area of Community Involvement Schemes and Drainage.
“While local authorities were able to use general grants for such schemes in recent years, this year ring-fenced funding is being provided. These are two areas where I have very much wanted to take action and I am very glad to be able to do so this year. There needs to be an increased focus on measures to improve the resilience of the road network in the face of climate change.”
Earlier today, Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach called for more funding for third class roads in the Dáil as he reiterated to the Taoiseach that they have been neglected for years.
“Residents along these rural roads are being treated like “third class citizens” as repairs on these tertiary roads have been neglected for years,” the Louth and East Meath TD said.
“Some of these roads are impassable as cars and residents suffer – I want the Government to intervene on this issue by instructing Local Authorities to fund the repair of Third Class Roads rather than leaving total autonomy with the Councils as to how their funding is spent.”