Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly, has today 24th January, welcomed the news from Minister Varadkar that €9,137,150 will be made available for regional and local roads in Cavan, for 2014.
Speaking after the announcement was made by Minister Varadkar, Deputy O’Reilly said ‘I was delighted to learn that €8,975,850 will be made available to Cavan County Council for Local and Regional Road improvements in 2014 and that Cavan Town Council will be getting a separate allocation of €161,300.’

‘Today’s announcement for Cavan comes as part of a €332.9 million National Investment Programme for 2014. This package will allow approximately 1,910 kms of regional and local road to be maintained, 2,156 kms to be strengthened, 245 low cost safety projects to be carried out, and 162 bridge rehabilitation projects in 2014’ explained the Deputy.
Commenting further on the breakdown of the allocation, the Deputy said, ‘€198,000 will be allocated to Low Cost Safety Improvement Grants in areas like Kingscourt, Stradone, Cootehill, Finnea and Ballinamore and €500,000, which is a previously committed amount for 2014, is earmarked for Community Involvement Schemes throughout the County. I was similarly delighted to learn that €100,000 is earmarked for the East/West Link Road from Dundalk to Sligo. Road users across Cavan will welcome the fact that their roads and bridges will be safer and in better condition’.

The Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) remains in place for 2014 however; there is no separate allocation available towards this grant category. Commenting on this further, the Deputy said ‘Instead of a receiving a separate allocation towards this scheme, local authorities may use up to 15% of their initial Discretionary Grant (as allocated in January 2014) towards the LIS, should they wish to do so. This is up from 7% last year. The local contribution for these schemes remains at 20% of the total cost of the project. I was delighted to learn that Cavan County Council had already made a decision to reinstate the Local Improvement Scheme.’

‘As a result of last year’s bad weather and the effect that they have had on our roads, Local Authorities have now been asked to prepare a full assessment of the work that needs to be done together with detailed cost estimates. The detailed assessments and the necessary action required will then be considered by Government. In the meantime local authorities are permitted to prioritise the repair of these roads from their 2014 RLR grant allocation. Whilst individual local authorities are responsible under law for the upkeep and maintenance of regional and local roads, it is important to emphasise that these grants supplement local authorities’ own spending on regional and local road projects and do not represent the total investment in regional and local roads for this year.’ concluded the Deputy.


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