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Saturday 2 August 2014

No more cash for Kilcummin road repairs

Kevin Hughes

Published 23/04/2014|05:36

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MINISTER for Transport Leo Varadkar won't be allocating extra money for Kilcummin's crumbling roads despite calls for emergency funding and claims that the area's decaying road network poses a health and safety risk.

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The minister was responding to Deputy Tom Fleming's request in the Dáil for emergency funding to be made available for the road between Coolcorcoran Cross and Inchycullane Cross. The road has deteriorated significantly as it has been largely untouched while the troubled Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme awaits the green light.

Deputy Fleming, pictured said restoration work was needed urgently as it was now a health and safety risk for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

The minister said the improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads was the responsibility of each local authority, funded from local authorities' own resources supplemented by State road grants. He added that his department allocated €6.6m to Kerry County Council this year but the prioritisation of works was a matter for the local authority.

"It is, therefore, open to Kerry County Council to re-prioritise its Restoration Improvement Programme to include these schemes, fund works from its Discretionary Grant or progress such projects through its own resources," the minister added. However, the chances of Kerry County Council being able to fund the essential road repairs at Kilcummin would appear to be slim.

Councillors who have appealed for work on dangerously potholed roads in various parts of the county have frequently been reminded that the government funding allocated to the council is a fraction of what is needed to properly maintain the county's roads.

Kerryman

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