Almost €2 million allocated to Clare’s National Roads – BREEN

December 19th, 2013 - Pat Breen

Clare TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen T.D. has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Transport, Sport and Tourism Leo Varadkar T.D. that almost €2 million in funding has been allocated to Clare’s National Roads Network for 2014.

“The 2014 allocation of €1,988,481 to Clare County Council for our National Road Network represents an increase of €350,000 on last year’s allocation. Previous allocations have been well spent in the County and we have all seen the major face lift that has been carried out on roads in the Bunratty area in recent times.

€500,000 has been allocated for Bridge Rehabilitation works around Clare, €120,000 for works at Blake’s Corner in Ennistymon, €600,000 for surfacing work on the N67 North of Doonbeg with the remainder of the monies to be spent on routine maintenance and lighting works.

“The provision of funding for Blake’s corner is very welcome. Negotiating this junction is very hazardous for motorists and pedestrians and I hope that now that an environment impact study is being carried out and the dangerous incline between the road and the building is to be back filled that there is an end in sight to this matter, particularly given the importance of tourism to the area.

The Wild Atlantic Way is set to be launched in 2014, the route of which includes significant sections of Clare’s Coastline with €8 million due to be spent on sign posting the route and it is very important if Clare is to maximise the opportunities which this presents that our roads are well maintained. €600,000 has been provided for resurfacing works on the N67 North of Doonbeg and this funding will ensure that we have a good road network facilitating easier access into this area.

These allocations for our National Roads are separate to those made for our regional and local roads. These allocations are made by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and will be made early in the New Year.