Clare Fine Gael Senator Tony Mulcahy has welcomed the increase in funding allocated to Clare County Council under the annual Regional and Local Roads Scheme.
The Local Authority has received €12,642,765 for 2015 up by over 2% from €12,376,300 in 2014. The 2015 allocation is boosted by an additional €415,000 Severe Weather fund.
Senator Mulcahy said the increase reverses a trend that had been brought on by the economic crisis.
“Due to a general reduction in Departmental Budgets in recent years brought on by the economic situation, Clare County Council, through no fault of its own, simply has not had the finances to regularly undertake even the required road maintenance works. This has led to deterioration of some roads, particularly in rural areas. The Government is cognisant of this and thankfully is better placed this year to increase the level of funding available through the annual Regional and Local Roads Allocation,” he added.
“It is crucial that we maintain and improve our local and regional roads. The works scheduled to take place under the Regional and Local Roads Allocation ensure that local people travel on safer roads and have a better driving experience. It is also particularly important for our tourism industry that visitors can access smaller towns and villages around the country on a well maintained road network,” Senator Mulcahy concluded.