Road funding essential for safety of all – Walsh

Critical roads funding is needed across the Midlands-North-West, a Fine Gael MEP has said.

MEP Maria Walsh said nationwide road maintenance is essential for the safety of all commuters and motorists across the Midlands-North-West.

“The simple truth is that current funding levels are failing to meet the demands of our national infrastructure. Local authorities across the Midlands-North-West have done their best with the resources at hand, but it’s clear that the status quo is unsustainable.

“The reality is that most people still rely on our primary, secondary, and national roads to get from point A to point B. The relentless rain over the last six months has only worsened the situation, leaving significant damage in its wake across many of our roads.

“Our local council officials and councillors are fighting a losing battle without the necessary funds to maintain roads across the Midlands-North-West. We’re trying to make do with what we’ve got, but it’s far from enough.

“Recently, my Fine Gael colleague Minister Heather Humphreys announced a record funding allocation of €40m for repairs and improvements work on non-public rural roads and laneways. Now, I am calling on Minister Eamon Ryan to step up and follow suit to take decisive action on this matter. We need him to unlock the funds necessary for the upkeep and enhancement of our local roads to ensure a safer, smoother future for Ireland’s road network,” MEP Walsh concluded.