Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Questions (509)

Brendan Smith


509. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if further consideration will be provided to the request for additional funding in respect of the roadworks programme 2018 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21398/18]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The position remains as outlined to Deputy in response to Parliamentary Questions on 26th April. The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of local authorities, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council's own resources supplemented by State road grants. The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the local authority.

I announced the 2018 regional and local road allocations on 29th January and all grant funding available to my Department has now been allocated. It is a matter for each Council to determine its priorities and decide its work programme on that basis, taking available grant funding and its own resources into account. There is no additional funding available to my Department at present.