Thursday, 5 December 2019

Ceisteanna (29)

Dara Calleary

Ceist:

29. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of rural roads that were approved for funding under the local improvement scheme in 2018 and to date in 2019, by local authority in tabular form; the number of road projects completed in 2018 and to date in 2019; the projected number of road projects to be completed by the end of 2019; and if he will allocate additional funds to the scheme in 2019. [50622/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

Since I reintroduced the Local Improvement Scheme, or LIS,  in 2017, I have allocated over €48 million to the scheme, which has resulted in the approval of over 2,000 roads projects. 

The LIS is funded by my Department and administered through the Local Authorities. The number and location of roads to benefit from improvement works under the scheme is a matter for the relevant Local Authority.

The table below outlines the number of LIS projects approved, and the number that have been confirmed as completed to date under the scheme in 2018 and 2019.  In a small number of cases, the number of roads completed is greater than the number originally approved, due to necessary substitutions agreed with my Department, as allowed for under the terms of the scheme. 

The final returns in respect of the 2019 scheme are currently being processed by my Department and I expect the number of roads completed to be in line with those approved earlier in the year. 

I allocated €10 million to the LIS for 2019 and I expect this funding to be fully utilised.  There is no funding available in my Department's Vote for an additional allocation this year.  However, I have secured funding for the scheme again in 2020 and I expect that a new round of funding will be announced in the New Year.

Table 1: LIS-Number of Roads Approved and Completed

Local Authority

Number of Roads Approved in 2018

Number of Roads Confirmed Complete under the 2018 Scheme

Number of Roads Approved in 2019

Number of Roads Confirmed Complete under the 2019 Scheme to Date

Carlow 

28

28

14

14

Cavan 

11

12

4

4

Clare 

30

30

12

12

Cork 

61

62

20

TBC

Donegal 

106

107

34

TBC

Galway 

66

69

37

36

Kerry 

58

61

26

TBC

Kildare

12

12

8

8

Kilkenny 

15

16

12

TBC

Laois 

19

15

6

7

Leitrim 

21

24

10

11

Limerick 

21

22

13

TBC

Longford 

25

25

15

15

Louth 

5

6

7

6

Mayo 

139

144

73

TBC

Meath 

21

21

12

12

Monaghan   

31

28

10

14

Offaly 

31

31

11

9

Roscommon 

92

91

21

21

Sligo 

22

22

7

7

Tipperary 

25

32

21

TBC

Waterford 

19

20

4

3

Westmeath 

22

22

12

12

Wexford 

17

17

11

TBC

Wicklow 

15

15

11

10

TOTAL 

912

932

411

201