Sunday 4 December 2016

Disrepair of roads could have stark consequences

Published 21/01/2016 | 02:30

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Photocall Ireland
Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Photocall Ireland

Today's revelations on years of chronic underinvestment in our roads are nothing short of startling. The Department of Transport report shows how maintenance of the national network has suffered from years of severe neglect as vital repairs were put on hold.

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It is scarcely credible that fewer than one in four road defects identified on our busiest routes are not being addressed. Information as to how effectively scarce resources are being spent is also inadequate.

Such a report at any time would be worrying, but it is even more so given the recent floods and their likely impact on what is already a critical situation.

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