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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 20 Feb 1929

Vol. 28 No. 1

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Councils and Public Roads.

asked the Minister for Local Government and Public Health whether he is aware that in congested counties like Mayo grave inconvenience is caused to large seetions of the population by the provision in Section 25 of the Local Government Act, 1925, which prevents the county council declaring any road a public road unless it connects two public roads; whether, as a result of this provision, many hamlets or "villages" which are situated at long distances from existing public roads, are deprived of the advantage of having the roads leading to them repaired and maintained by the county council; whether he has received a resolution from the Mayo County Council urging that this provision should be deleted from the Act; whether he intends to introduce proposals for legislation, in order to give effect to the council's recommendation; and, if so, when.

I have no evidence that the provisions of Section 25 of the Local Government Act, 1925, have in general caused inconvenience. The resolution referred to was duly received. Having regard to the high mileage of roads in relation to the population, it is contrary to policy to encourage the making of new roads or the taking over of roads of little importance. There is no substantial ground for amending legislation of the nature indicated.