Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring to ensure that Cavan and Monaghan get a fair allocation in the upcoming LIS allocation.

The Local Improvement Scheme provides funding for upgrade or improvement works on smaller private and non-public roads.

Deputy Smyth said, “Despite the importance of the LIS programme, especially in rural areas, Fine Gael abolished the scheme in 2012.  Over the next five years we saw roads and paths deteriorate to such an extent that serious safety concerns were raised by communities across the two counties.

“Following pressure from Fianna Fáil, the programme was reinstated in 2017 but because so many roads had fallen into states of such disrepair, councils are struggling to cope with the demand.  While I welcome the allocations from Minister Ring to date, I am urging him to go further.

“We have five years of work to catch up on and it is imperative from a safety perspective that these works are carried out.  I am calling on the Minister to ensure that the next allocation will meet the demand that currently exists so that all of the necessary improvement works can be carried out without delay”.