Dáil debates

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions

Road Safety

10:30 am

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party) | Oireachtas source

I agree with the Deputy. That is why in last year's budget we allocated additional funding of €12 million to Transport Infrastructure Ireland, TII, to specifically look at areas, particularly on the national road network, where there might be sections of carriageway that are not optimal or not up to standard, and to try to address the real black spots. That is just part of it and is in addition to an existing significant budget. We will continue to put safety first. The direction to TII, and in our local roads programme, is to address black spots first as part of overall road safety measures.

The Deputy is right with regard to An Garda Síochána resources. That is a real priority. We want to see greater enforcement and greater presence on the street. The GoSafe cameras are mobile and can be deployed. It is up to the Garda to decide how it best deploys its resources. I agree with the Deputy in that we are trying to maximise that because we have a real issue. There is now a real and urgent need to reduce the number of accidents. The Government will make sure those resources are deployed to help that happen.


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