Fianna Fáil MEP candidate in the Midlands-North-West Anne Rabbitte TD has said that major under funding of the roads network in the western region is impacting on investment in the area.
Figures have shown that there is a funding shortfall between investment required to maintain roads and actual investment.
Deputy Rabbitte commented, “It is imperative funding is increased not only to maintain our roads but to improve them. The European Commission has highlighted regional imbalance in Ireland and said one reason for this is a lack of investment on infrastructure, including the road network.
“In Galway there is a 36% shortfall, Mayo also 36%, Roscommon 24% and there is a shortfall in Sligo as well.
“The western region is neglected time and again. The region is losing its best due to a lack of investment. We must heed the warnings of the European Commission to ensure success in the west,” concluded Deputy Rabbitte.