Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (618)

Michael McCarthy

Question:

618. Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the level of funding that has been provided to Cork County Council to address the damage caused to the road network; if he will provide the extra moneys to deliver vital infrastructural projects such as key road upgrades especially in relation to vital tourist routes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14719/14]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Arising from the Government decision of 11 February 2014, a total of €16.8m was approved for repair and rehabilitation works associated with the clean-up and repair of roads damaged in the 13 December-6 January 2014 period across the country. 

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government contacted each local authority confirming the total sum of additional funds available for a programme of repair works. It also requested that local authorities prepare and submit a programme of works to the appropriate Department for the projects identified, showing the indicative timescales and drawdown profiles, etc.   

My Department has engaged directly with each local authority (including Cork County Council) to seek a description and financial breakdown of the damage caused to regional and local roads and an indicative timeframe for repairs.  Cork County Council has submitted costs of €1,073,500 for repair of roads and my Department will now allocate the approved funding.