Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (149)

Bernard J. Durkan


146 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if, notwithstanding the allocation made for the repair of non-national roads, he will substantially increase this amount in view of the very poor condition of these roads; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7383/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

The total 2004 allocation for non-national road grant allocations is €476.8 million. This is more than double the 1997 State expenditure on non-national roads and represents a substantial increase of almost 10% on last year's initial State grant allocation.

I am satisfied that this very significant level of State funding, supplemented by local authorities' own resources, will provide adequately and appropriately for the ongoing maintenance and improvement needs of the non-national road network in 2004.

Question No. 147 answered with QuestionNo. 140.
Question No. 148 answered with QuestionNo. 142.
Question No. 149 answered with QuestionNo. 23.