Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2418)

Dara Calleary


2418. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 213 of 26 June 2019 and the reply of Transport Infrastructure Ireland, his views on the application by Mayo County Council for funding for the road mentioned in view of the traffic congestion within the town and the importance of the project to the future development of Ballina, County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33187/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Firstly, I would like to emphasise that I am committed to the maintenance and development of our road network across the country and I support any targeted investment that would improve safety, accessibility and reduced journey times. However, as I have stated previously, I have responsibility for overall policy and securing capital funding in relation to the national roads programme. When Exchequer funding has been allocated for national roads, under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, design and construction of individual roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. This also applies to any proposed minor works scheme, such as the Ballina relief road.

Noting the above position, and TII's role in considering Mayo County Council's proposal, I have referred the question to TII for a direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.