Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Robert Troy TD has expressed serious concern over the lack of funding allocated to maintain Ireland’s road network.
Deputy Troy made the comments following the publication of a report by the National Oversight and Audit Commission which found that over two thirds of Ireland’s roads are in a state of disrepair and require significant remedial work.
Deputy Troy said, “Roads infrastructure has been starved of investment under this Government. This has led to a significant deterioration of roads across the country, with many local roads in particular in a serious state of disrepair.
“The underinvestment in roads infrastructure is preventing Local Authorities from carrying out much needed repairs, and this is having an impact on road safety. It is also leading to increased service costs for motorists as poor road surfaces take their toll on vehicles.
“On average, spending on roads maintenance between 2012 and 2016 was almost half of what was required to maintain our existing road network. The findings made by the National Oversight and Audit Commission are unsurprising when you consider the Government has starved Local Authorities of the funding they need to maintain their current roads infrastructure.
“Minister Ross has recently announced €417m under the Regional and Local Road Investment Scheme. This is just a third of the funding that is actually needed to maintain our roads year on year. It’s disappointing and highlights that this Government is content with continuing the policy of underinvesting in roads infrastructure, leaving motorists and other road users to pick up the costs.”