€1,056,700 extra funding for roads in Clare – BREEN

July 17th, 2015 - Pat Breen

Clare Deputy and Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen T.D. has welcomed the allocation of an additional €1,056,700 for local roads in Clare.

This funding is a portion of the €24 million that has been allocated by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, for regional and local roads which can used for Community Involvement Schemes (CIS) and Local Improvement Schemes (LIS).

Overall the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, and Minister of State, Michael Ring TD, have announced an additional €100 million investment in Transport, Tourism and Sport,
“Since the economic collapse, there has been underinvestment in roads and public transport. With the economy recovering, there is now scope to increase funding and to reinvest.

“Our roads are vital in attracting investment and in supporting businesses in every part of the country. In order to keep the roads in good condition, €34 million nationally will go towards maintenance and strengthening national, regional and local roads and €1,056,700 of this will go directly to Clare

“As part of this €100 million fund €60 million will go towards public transport and €4.2 million will be allocated to tourism related projects, including further development of Clare’s Wild Atlantic Way.

“As we build on the progress we have been making in recent years, more people are returning to work and our tourism industries are continuing to grow. This is all very positive. However, these developments are putting a greater demand on our public transport and on our road networks.

The €1,056,700 additional funding is very much welcome in ensuring we maintain high quality road networks and transport in Clare which supports thousands of jobs across the country.”