Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Cormac Devlin
27 January 2016
99% cut in funding for Dublin roads – Devlin
Fianna Fáil Dún Laoghaire candidate Cllr Cormac Devlin has asked why there has been a 99% cut in funding for Dublin roads from central government, despite the fact that Dubliners pay almost 30% of the fund which was €500million in 2015.
He pointed out that since last year, the four Dublin Local Authorities received practically zero funding for maintaining their regional and local roads from the centralised local government fund (the Local Government Fund), despite the fact that Dublin motorists contributed €289million or 25% of motor tax revenues in 2015.
“The Dublin local authorities received a mere €180,000 for maintaining local and regional roads in the county. This was a cut from €19 million in 2014.
“The Local Government Fund is a centralised fund composed of all the revenues from Motor Taxes and the portion of the Local Property Tax that is not retained by local authorities. While Dubliners pay almost 30% of this fund (€500 million in 2015), they receive no funding for local services, including regional and local roads repair (eg for potholes, embankments etc).
“The four Dublin local authorities are expected to use all their retained property taxes for maintenance and repair of local roads including road surfaces, cycle lanes, bus lanes and pedestrian paths.
“There has been a massive drop off in road maintenance spending over the past few years. Motor Tax Revenues, which should be pumped back into local authorities to pay for roads and local infrastructure upgrades, have been spent on setting up the Irish Water superquango.
“This year alone €400 million from motor tax receipts (35% total) will be diverted to fund the subvention going towards the establishment of Irish Water in 2015. A payment of €439 million was made last year and a similar payment will be made in 2016. Meanwhile our roads continue to deteriorate,” said Cllr Devlin.
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