Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (735)

Dara Calleary

Question:

735. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of rural roads that have received funding under the local improvement scheme, LIS, in each of the years from 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 it was re-established on an annual basis, by county; and the number of projects that were not approved, by county. [29539/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

Since I reintroduced the Local Improvement Scheme in 2016, I have allocated over €48 million to the scheme, which has resulted in the approval of over 2,000 roads projects.

The LIS is funded by my Department and administered through the Local Authorities. The number and location of roads to benefit from improvement works is a matter for the relevant Local Authority, and my Department does not hold records of projects not approved at Local Authority level.

The table outlines the number of LIS projects approved, and the number that have been confirmed as completed to date since 2017. In a small number of cases, the number completed is greater than the number originally approved, due to necessary substitutions agreed with the Department. A number of Local Authorities have yet to submit their final account confirming the funding spent and the number of roads projects completed, particularly in respect of 2018. My Department is addressing this with the Local Authorities.

Local Authority

Number of Roads Approved in 2017

Number of Roads Confirmed Complete under the 2017 Scheme

Number of Roads Approved in 2018

Number of Roads Confirmed Complete under the 2018 Scheme to Date

Number of Roads Approved in 2019

Carlow

20

20

28

28

14

Cavan

10

10

11

6

4

Clare

28

28

30

30

12

Cork

21

TBC

61

42

20

Donegal

164

164

106

56

34

Galway

57

57

66

69

37

Kerry

41

41

58

36

26

Kildare

0

0

12

12

8

Kilkenny

16

16

15

9

12

Laois

21

20

19

21

6

Leitrim

18

18

21

24

10

Limerick

18

17

21

22

13

Longford

18

17

25

13

15

Louth

8

8

5

6

7

Mayo

89

86

139

79

73

Meath

22

22

21

21

12

Monaghan

21

21

31

28

10

Offaly

20

20

31

31

11

Roscommon

41

41

92

55

21

Sligo

16

16

22

22

7

Tipperary

9

9

25

24

21

Waterford

17

17

19

20

4

Westmeath

23

23

22

22

12

Wexford

18

18

17

17

11

Wicklow

7

7

15

15

11

TOTAL

723

696

912

685

411