Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (596, 597)

John Curran

Question:

596. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the funding allocated to each Dublin local authority for road improvement works in 2018 and 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22115/19]

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John Curran

Question:

597. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the funding drawn down by each Dublin local authority under the roads restoration improvement grant in 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22116/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 596 and 597 together.

Firstly I would like to explain that the improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads (RLR) is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from local authorities' own resources supplemented as appropriate by State road grants.  The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the local authority.

Arising from the arrangements in place in relation to Local Property Tax receipts the four Dublin Councils became self funding for regional and local roads under the main road grant categories from 2015.  Accordingly they no longer receive allocations under the Restoration Improvement grant programme. Provision was made in the Capital Plan for the upgrade of roads in the vicinity of Grange Castle Business Park and the Department is providing grant assistance for that strategic scheme at present.

Details of the regional and local road grant allocations and payments to local authorities for 2018 and allocations for 2019 are outlined in the regional and local road grant payment and allocation booklets which are available in the Dáil Library.