Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2622)

Carol Nolan

Ceist:

2622. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development his plans to allocate extra funding to local improvement schemes; and if so, when funding will be allocated. [33131/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

Since I reintroduced the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) in September 2017, I have allocated over €48 million to Local Authorities for improvement works on non-public roads in rural areas.

Over 2,000 roads have benefitted from this funding, which has led to improved access for landowners and residents along the roads in question.

I launched the 2019 Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) on 7th February last, and allocated a sum of €10 million to Local Authorities under the scheme. The allocations on a county-by-county basis are available on the Gov.ie website at the following link

https://www.gov.ie/en/policy-information/d309ea-local-improvement-scheme/.

I am closely monitoring expenditure on the scheme and I will make decisions regarding any further funding allocations for the LIS in due course, having regard to the overall level of funding available to my Department.