Thursday, 11 April 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
The programme for Government refers to roads. With regard to rural Ireland, I welcome the blitz in regard to the local improvement scheme and improving access to that type of private road. I would like to raise an issue in regard to tertiary roads and third class-type roads. I believe we should consider some sort of scheme and have a blitz in this area as well, which would not only aid the road network but would also aid rural Ireland. Councils are often pushing those roads into what was called the community involvement scheme, where members come up with a percentage of the cost. While that was required during recessionary times, now that we have the economic fruits coming back, we might look at a plan that would put funding into tertiary roads. Once they are done, many of these roads can last ten or 15 years.