Funding for road projects to help the regions cope
Funding is in place to allow road projects aimed at helping the regions avoid the worst of a hard Brexit to go ahead.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) said it had the necessary funding in place to bring them through the approvals process, but that the Government would need to provide capital funding for construction.
In all, nine schemes are proposed. The N2/A5 road, which will serve Meath, Monaghan and Donegal; the N14 Manorcunningham to Lifford; and N2 Slane bypass are all at the planning and design stage.
The N5 Ballaghadereen to Scramoge road is in the planning process, with a hearing scheduled for October 9 next.
The N52 Ardee bypass is expected to go to tender before the end of the year, while tenders for construction of the N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin road have been received, with the contract expected to be awarded by year end.
TII also said the N56 Dungloe to Glenties was under construction, while the Mountcharles to Inver section of the road is expected to go for tender before the end of the year.
A contractor to build the N5 Westport to Turlough road is expected to be appointed in 2019.