Written answers

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Network

Photo of Ruairi Ó MurchúRuairi Ó Murchú (Louth, Sinn Fein)
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86. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 23 of 15 October 2023, given that Louth County Council has indicated that if work was to be funded by his Department at this location (details supplied), it would have to be done under the locations of interest (LOIs) scheme, the locations for which are decided by his Department, if he will consider this or other solutions to the serious issue of crashes happening at this location, including incidents where the family home at this location has been hit by cars; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13270/24]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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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 a matter for the local authority.

As outlined in the previous PQ response, the Department of Transport provides specific funding for safety improvement projects. Applications for funding under this scheme are invited on an annual basis for consideration for funding in the subsequent year.

Under the Safety Improvement Scheme, each Council are requested to submit applications in order of priority. As Louth County Council is responsible for maintaining and improving its regional and local roads, it is the Council's responsibility to determine its priorities and work programme while taking account of the funding provided from grant allocations and from the Council's own resources.

Locations of interest (LOIs) are a result of the Regional Road Network Safety Analysis which identified locations that may be suitable for safety improvement works following collision trends. The LOIs may assist local authorities in their selection of locations of low-cost safety schemes but the overall prioritisation is the responsibility of the relevant local authority.

According to my Department's records, an application has not been received from Louth County Council with reference to the location stated in the Parliamentary Question.


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