Repair rural roads

IFA Countryside Chairman David Wilkinson has called on Roscommon County Council to significantly increase investment in the rural road network following a winter that has seen an alarming deterioration with crater-like potholes and road verge collapses commonplace. He said, ‘The very welcome and necessary investment in new motorways, bypasses etc cannot be at the expense of the proper maintenance and upgrading of country roads. Many rural roads in their present state are extremely unsafe and a serious accident risk to those having to commute on a daily basis.’ Concluding Mr. Wilkinson said that rural homes and businesses must not be discriminated against and he called for an all-party action committee of councillors to be set up in the county to prioritise the worst affected country roads and to upgrade them immediately.