Written answers

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Projects

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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349. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if funding will be allocated in 2020 to enable the further design and development of an essential road project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30393/19]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of local authorities, 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 local authority.

This year I gave an allocation of €100,000 to Cavan County Council to enable the Council to undertake a detailed project appraisal, in line with the current requirements in the Public Spending Code and the Capital Investment Framework, of the Cavan to Dundalk section of the proposed east-west route. The aim of this appraisal would be to assess the extent to which the scheme or elements of it can be justified in terms of appraisal and advanced for further consideration in relation to schemes for future development. Preparation of the appraisal is the responsibility of the Council.

Allocations for 2020 will not be decided on, or issued until early 2020.

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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350. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if funding will be allocated in 2020 towards the planning and design of an essential road project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30394/19]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Once funding arrangements have been put in place by my Department with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, design and construction of individual national roads is a matter for TII, in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. TII also manage and distribute the capital national roads programme budget.

Noting the above position, I have referred the question to TII for a direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.

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