Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (519)

Marc MacSharry


519. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when funding for the Pettigo to Laghey road R232 in County Donegal will be made available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39713/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As the Deputy is aware, the improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of the relevant local authority in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council's own resources supplemented by State road grants.  The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the Council.

Overall my Department has agreed to provide grant support of up to €2.1m for maintenance and renewal works on the R232 Laghey to Pettigo road on a phased basis as funding allows.  So far €122,941 from an allocation of €500,000 at the start of this year has been drawn down  by Donegal County Council for this project.  While the final grant amount to be drawn down in 2019 has not been finalised as yet my Department has been liaising with the Council with a view to  facilitating  progress on the works.   Future allocations will decided as part of the annual Estimates process.