Thursday, 28 March 2019

Questions (189)

Dara Calleary

Question:

189. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of rural roads that have received funding under the LIS in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by local authority in tabular form; the projected number of road projects to be completed in 2019; the number of projects approved under the LIS since re-established on an annual basis by county; and the number of projects that were not approved by county. [14713/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The Local Improvement Scheme, or LIS, is a programme for improvement works on small private or non-public roads in rural areas. The scheme is funded by my Department and is administered through the Local Authorities.

As the Deputy may be aware, there was no dedicated funding for this scheme for a number of years due to constraints on public expenditure. However, I was very conscious of the underlying demand for the scheme in rural areas throughout the country.

I reintroduced the LIS in September 2017 and allocated a total of €17.5 million to Local Authorities for LIS roads in that year. In 2018, I allocated over €20 million for LIS roads in two phases.

Local Authorities themselves determine which roads they wish to prioritise from the funding allocated to them under LIS, and to ensure that all roads meet with the scheme criteria. Approval of LIS projects, or otherwise, is therefore entirely a matter for the relevant Local Authority.

Based on the most up to date information available to my Department, approximately 1,254 roads have been completed under the 2017 and 2018 schemes. Local Authorities have until the 31st of March this year to complete works on more than 350 roads under Phase 2 of the 2018 scheme. The breakdown of these figures on a county-by-county basis is provided on the table below.

On 7th February 2019, I announced a sum of €10 million for LIS 2019. Allocations on a county by county basis can be found on my Department’s website at https://drcd.gov.ie/about/rural/local-improvement-scheme/

The Local Authorities have been asked to submit their final lists of roads for 2019 on or before 1st April 2019.

LIS roads 2017 and 2018 by county

County

2017 Roads Completed

2018 LIS Roads Completed

2018 Roads for Completion by 31 March

Carlow

20

14

13

Cavan

10

6

6

Clare

28

30

0

Cork

21

42

15

Donegal

164

56

51

Galway

57

30

39

Kerry

41

36

25

Kildare

0

8

4

Kilkenny

16

8

7

Laois*

21

10

TBC

Leitrim

18

12

10

Limerick

18

10

12

Longford

18

13

12

Louth

8

6

0

Mayo

89

77

62

Meath

22

8

13

Monaghan

21

28

0

Offaly

20

13

18

Roscommon

41

40

36

Sligo

16

10

12

Tipperary*

9

24

TBC

Waterford

17

12

7

Westmeath

23

9

13

Wexford

18

14

3

Wicklow

7

15

0

TOTAL

723

531

358

*Laois and Tipperary Local Authorities have to confirmed their final lists of roads for completion under Phase 2 of the 2018 scheme.