Govt turning a blind eye to essential road investment projects – Smyth

Published on: 24 August 2018

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has raised a number of infrastructure issues relating to roads across the two counties directly with the Transport Minister.

Minister Shane Ross was in Cavan and Monaghan earlier this week to discuss a range of issues, including the state of the roads following last Winter’s storms.

Deputy Smyth explained, “I have written to the Minister numerous times this year urging him to allocate additional money to local county councils to help them repair and maintain roads.  This year saw a serious deterioration in the state of the roads across Cavan and Monaghan following the extreme weather conditions, which were experienced last Winter and Spring.

“Some minor roads are verging on impassable as a result of massive potholes, uneven surfaces and poor markings.  The snow and icy conditions left these roads in need of serious repairs but the local authorities claim they do not have the funds to carry them out.  Despite a serious of requests, Minister Ross continues to maintain that there is “no additional funding available”.  Hopefully after seeing the damage first hand he will be able to secure the necessary funding to have these essential works undertaken.

“Separately, I raised the issue of major infrastructure projects not being included in the National Development Plan.  The extension of the M3 motorway and the East-West link from Dundalk to Sligo were two major projects, which had been earmarked for progression, but which have now been excluded from the NDP.  This is extremely disappointing, as both of these projects would have had a very positive impact for people living in Cavan and Monaghan.

“I believe it was a gross oversight on the part of the government not to include these important projects in their plan, especially in light of the number of agri- and construction industries based in the region.  A quality roads network is essential for their business and the current infrastructure is simply below par.

“I am hopeful that having visited the region this week and met with the various interest groups, Minister Ross will realise the importance of investment in infrastructure in this area and engage with the local representatives to improve the current roads network”.

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