Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has called on Transport Minister Shane Ross, his former Independent Alliance colleague, to provide funding for roads in Roscommon and Galway which are in need of repair.
Deputy Fitzmaurice welcomed a report this week which reveals that there could be up to 10,000 kilometres of rural roads in need of repair.
He said the report underlines the need for Minister Ross to come up with a realistic and viable plan to tackle this problem as soon as possible.
“Included in the report is the fact that there are many roads in Roscommon and Galway in need of repair and I am calling on Minister Ross to stand up to the plate on this issue. When the estimates are published in the middle of the year I will be calling for the Minister to put in place a realistic plan to tackle these local regional and secondary roads so they can be repaired over a number of years. The amount of money allocated for the repair of local roads has been cut in half since 2008 and it is time to put a new plan in place to address this situation” he said.
“There is another and very important aspect to this problem in that the Road Safety Authority are constantly (and rightly) highlighting driver behaviour like speeding, drink-driving and other offences which lead to accidents. However the poor state of some of the roads around the country are never mentioned and it is certain that in some cases it is a factor in the cause of accidents too. This is an issue that I will be taking up with Minister Ross at the earliest opportunity,” he concluded.