Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1295)

Michael Lowry

Question:

1295. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will initiate a grant scheme for the provision of cattle underpasses in view of the fact health and safety for all parties affected is of paramount importance. [19130/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The issue of cattle underpasses arises primarily on more heavily trafficked national roads. As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, design and operation of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.

Noting the above position, I have referred the Deputy's question to TII for reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.

As regards regional and local roads, these roads are the statutory responsibility of each local authority. My Department does not operate a grant programme for the provision of road underpasses.