Cllr. Laurence Fallon, Chairman of the Athlone Municipal District, said he “warmly welcomes” the recent announcement that €501,000 would be made available for the repair of regional and local roads in Co. Roscommon.
Speaking following the announcement by the Department of Transport, Cllr. Fallon said: “This is very welcome news indeed. The funding is badly needed and comes after councillors and the executive met with Minister for Transport Shane Ross.
“The funding will be used to assist in the repair of roads that suffered storm damage and frost and snow damage during the bad weather this year.
“We still require a lot more funding but this allocation was badly needed and very welcome. We will be putting the funding to use very quickly”.
Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Ivan Connaughton also welcomed the allocation.
“We met with Minister Shane Ross and that was organised by Denis Naughten, who was Minister for Communications at the time, and Minister Ross told us that were was ‘no golden pot’ but thankfully our deputation didn’t fall on deaf ears. The €501,000 is a good start for the roads that were damaged from storms and flooding in the past year – the majority of which are in south Roscommon,” he said.
Deputy Naughten, who had facilitated the meeting between Minister Ross and the local councillors and council executive, said: “This allocation is as a result of representations which I received from the six county councillors in the south Roscommon area, which bore the brunt of the damage from Storm Eleanor earlier in the year”.
Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan “warmly” welcomed the “special maintenance grant”.
Meanwhile, Cllr. John Naughten said that “while the funding won’t address the deficit in the road infrastructure completely, it is very welcome additional funding that will go some way to repairing some of the worst roads”.