Roads need additional funding following winter storms – Smyth

Published on: 21 May 2018

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says the Transport Minister needs to allocate funding for road repairs as a matter of urgency as conditions have deteriorated in the aftermath of a series of winter storms.

Deputy Smyth was responding to a reply from Minister Shane Ross, which indicated that there is “no additional funding available” to his Department.

“The state of the roads in certain parts of the constituency is extremely poor and poses serious road safety issues for drivers and pedestrians.  Potholes, cracks in the road and crumbling footpaths have been exacerbated by the storms and flooding which hit Cavan and Monaghan this winter”, said Deputy Smyth.

“Weather events like Storm Ophelia and Storm Emma are becoming more common and the government has a responsibility to ensure that funding is made available to carry out essential repairs.  The fact that the Minister is not prepared to allocate additional resources, despite the treacherous road conditions on some minor roads, is very worrying.

“Minister Ross should be spending more time concentrating on his own portfolio rather than being distracted by legislation outside of his remit.  This is a serious road safety issue and it is imperative that sufficient funding is given over to ensure that roads across Cavan and Monaghan are safe.

“The Minister’s answer is not good enough.  I intend raising this issue with Minister Ross again”.

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