Written answers

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Improvement Schemes

Photo of Arthur SpringArthur Spring (Kerry North-West Limerick, Labour)
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269. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if emergency funding will be provided to upgrade the condition of the stretch of road in County Kerry between Coolgarrive Cross and Coolcorcoran on the L3018 in the interest of public safety. [18348/14]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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As I outlined in my response to Questions Nos. 679 and 681 of 15 April 2014 regarding local roads in Kerry, the improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on roads such as the L3018 are funded from local authorities' own resources supplemented by State road grants.

The Department has allocated a total of €145 million to local authorities for the Restoration Improvement Grant Programme (RI) in 2014. Of this figure a total of €6.55 million has been allocated to Kerry County Council. The selection and prioritisation of works to be undertaken, taking into account available grant funding, is a matter for the local authority. Local authorities do have flexibility in relation to re-prioritising RI schemes as necessary.

It is, therefore, open to Kerry County Council to re-prioritise its RI programme to include these schemes, to fund works from its Discretionary Grant or to progress such projects through its own resources.

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