Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Ceisteanna (21)

Dara Calleary

Ceist:

21. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of rural roads that have received funding under the LIS in each of the years 2016 to 2018, by local authority in tabular form; and the projected number of road projects to be completed in 2019. [3028/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

The Local Improvement Scheme, or LIS, is a programme for improvement works on small private or non-public roads in rural areas. The scheme is funded by my Department and is administered through the Local Authorities.

As the Deputy may be aware, there was no dedicated funding for this scheme for a number of years due to constraints on public expenditure. However, I was very conscious of the underlying demand for the scheme in rural areas throughout the country.

I reintroduced the LIS in September 2017 and allocated a total of €17.4 million to Local Authorities for LIS roads in 2017. In 2018, I allocated almost €20 million for LIS roads in two phases.

The table which accompanies my reply outlines the number of LIS roads projects completed in 2017 and those completed under the first round of funding in 2018 to date, broken down by Local Authority. Final figures in respect of 2018 will not be available until all final returns have been submitted to my Department by the Local Authorities.

A sum of €10 million has been allocated for the LIS in my Department's 2019 Estimate, and I intend to announce details of the scheme in the coming weeks. The number and location of roads to benefit from improvement works in 2019 will be a matter for the relevant Local Authority. However, based on previous figures, I would anticipate that the level of funding available would fund the completion of a further 300 to 400 LIS road projects.

County

2017 Number of LIS Roads Completed

2018 Number of LIS Roads Completed

Carlow

20

14

Cavan

10

6

Cork

21

42

Clare

28

13

Donegal

164

56

Galway

57

30

Kerry

41

36

Kilkenny

16

8

Kildare

0

8

Leitrim

18

12

Laois

21

10

Limerick

18

10

Longford

18

13

Louth

8

6

Mayo

89

77

Meath

22

8

Monaghan

21

13

Offaly

20

13

Roscommon

41

40

Sligo

16

10

Tipperary

9

24

Waterford

17

12

Westmeath

23

9

Wexford

18

14

Wicklow

7

6

Total

723

490