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Thursday 19 April 2018

'It's only right and fair': Taoiseach announces new funding for improvement of private roads

It is hoped that the funding can put an end to the many potholes on rural roads in the area.
It is hoped that the funding can put an end to the many potholes on rural roads in the area.
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

A €10 million programme to support the improvement of non-public rural roads in 2017 has been launched.

The Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) is a scheme for carrying out improvement works on private/non-public roads.

Often these roads lead to multiple residences, parcels of land that support agricultural activity or amenities such as lakes, rivers or the ocean. 

The Department of Rural and Community Development will provide up to 90% of the funding through the Local Authorities, with the remaining contribution coming from local residents, or Local Authorities in the case of roads leading to public amenities.

Previously, an allocation was provided to Local Authorities to support works on these types of roads. 

However, due to the pressures on public finances during the recent recessionary period, specific allocations to Local Authorities for the LIS scheme had to be curtailed.

Speaking at the launch of the programme at the National Ploughing Championships, the Taoiseach said he was delighted that Minister Michael Ring has launched a new round of the Local Improvement Scheme.

“It’s a really effective scheme to improve small roads, laneways and boreens which don’t come under the control of local authorities.

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“These roads give access to homes, farmyards, agricultural land and business premises, and are often heavily used, but because they fall outside of direct local authority control, many need upgrading.

“It's only right and fair that some of the motor tax, excise duty on fuel and local property tax  paid by people in rural areas is invested in the repair of shared laneways that connect their homes, farms and businesses to the public road network.

“I pressed for its inclusion in the current Programme for a Partnership Government. So I commend Minister Ring for re-launching the scheme so soon after his appointment. It will be funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and delivered through local authorities,” he said.

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