Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (129)

Seán Sherlock


129. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Transport if he has engaged with a local authority on a road issue (details supplied). [8997/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

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 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.

As regards the Fota Road and access infrastructure to the Great Island of Cobh, Co. Cork, there was some initial engagement between Cork County Council and my Department in 2019, including a meeting with the Department's Strategic Research and Analysis Division regarding the project appraisal process. Subsequent to that meeting, Cork County Council decided to appoint consultants to carry out a wider transport study which will look at all options in relation to access and I understand that the Council expects to appoint those consultants shortly.