Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
639. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when funding will be provided to address erosion on the Lower Road at Rossbeigh in County Kerry and to ensure a permanent road is built. [44863/15]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 625 and 639 together.
The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in Kerry is the statutory responsibility of Kerry County Council, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council's own resources supplemented by State road grants. The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the Council.
I understand that Kerry County Council has examined a number of options concerning road access at Rossbeigh and that officials from my Department have met with an official from Kerry County Council in relation to possible options. Funding for regional and local roads continues to be constrained and the proposal from the Council will be considered in the context of the overall 2016 budget available to my Department. I expect to announce the 2016 allocations for regional and local roads early in the new year.