Written answers

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Network

Photo of Seán CroweSeán Crowe (Dublin South West, Sinn Fein)
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221. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if officials from his Department will examine the bridge that was built in Athy, County Kildare, on the Barrow that is impossible to cross in a wheelchair (details supplied); and if he will examine fixing the issue. [43876/19]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads, including bridges,  is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993.

In cases where a piece of bridge infrastructure is owned by a party other than the Road Authority (for example by Irish Rail or Waterways Ireland) then it is a matter for the Road Authority to liaise with the appropriate party regarding maintenance responsibilities. 

The issue raised by the Deputy is, therefore, a matter for the local authority.


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