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Departmental Funding

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (178)

Claire Kerrane


178. Deputy Claire Kerrane asked the Minister for Transport if he will consider part funding the local improvement scheme with the Department of Rural and Community Development to improve rural laneways; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53620/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The scale of the regional and local public road network at 96,000 kms continues to present a challenge in terms of funding maintenance and improvement.

Funding is not yet at the level needed to ensure that the public road network is being maintained adequately. This means that expenditure is still below the amount required to hold the public network in a "steady state" condition and in addition there is a backlog of works. For this reason, grant assistance from the Department continues to be focussed on the maintenance of the public road network.