Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
544. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the maintenance arrangements in place in relation to public lighting on national routes, including motorways; if an audit has taken place regarding the number of public lights out of order on national routes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9308/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 537 and 544 together.
The Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport has responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, design and operation of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.
Noting the above position, I have referred the Deputy's question to TII for a direct reply in respect to public lighting on national roads and motorways. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.
As regards regional and local roads, under Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993 to 2015, the improvement and maintenance of public roads, including public lighting, is the statutory responsibility of the relevant local authority. Maintenance of public lighting on regional and local roads is, therefore, a matter for each local authority and not a matter for my Department.