As Minister for Transport I have responsibility for overall policy and securing exchequer funding in relation to the National Roads Programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 and in line with the National Development Plan (NDP), the improvement and upgrading of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.
This is also subject to the Public Spending Code Guidelines and the necessary statutory approvals.
The proposed N81 Tallaght to Hollywood Cross road improvement scheme is not included amongst those projects which have been identified for development during the period of the current NDP 2018-2027 and the advancement of the proposed scheme cannot, therefore, be accommodated in the national roads programme at present. However, TII is working with South Dublin County Council and Wicklow County Council to improve sections of the route under the Pavement Schemes programme. Please note that the NDP is currently under review, including for the period out to 2030.
Noting the above position, I have referred your question to TII for a more detailed reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.