€200M road budget to spell the deathnell for emergency funding for the roads of Clare – BREEN.

January 29th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen warned this evening that a €200 million cut imposed on the roads budget by the Minister for Transport and Marine will spell the deathnell for emergency funding being provided for the roads of County Clare.

“Last February, Transport Minister Noel Dempsey announced a €607.5 million investment programme in the regional and local roads programme with great fanfare. He said the funding was guaranteed, even though Exchequer funding was under enormous pressure.”

“Our roads here in this County are in a deplorable state following the recent bad weather. Budget 2010 made further reductions in the Roads budget when it was cut by €196 million, a 32% cut.”

“Road safety is of paramount importance and our roads must be restored to a satisfactory condition. I have already requested Minister Dempsey to meet with a delegation from Clare including the four Oireachtas Members, Mayor of Clare, County Council Officials and Clare County Councillors at which we would put forward the case for emergency funding to be made available to Clare County Council to restore our roads, as Clare County Council simply do not have the resources within their own financial resources to do so.”

“The news that a €200 million cut has been imposed on our roads could spell the deathnell for this emergency funding.”