Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
90. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if funding will be granted to Galway County Council following its application for funding for the Derrarthe Móre Road, Carraroe, County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49656/21]
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 those roads are funded from local authorities' own resources supplemented by State road grants, where applicable. The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the local authority.
Any projects proposed by local authorities for consideration under the Specific Grant Programme are assessed by the Department on a case-by-case basis. All projects put forward by local authorities for consideration must comply with the requirements of the Public Spending Code and the Department's Capital Appraisal Framework (CAF). Given the limited funding available for road improvement works it is important for local authorities to prioritise projects within their overall area of responsibility with these requirements in mind. Any projects put forward for consideration are assessed taking competing projects and available budgets into account.
As regards works on the Derrarthe Móre Road, no formal application has been received by my Department.