€375,000 for road upgrade works welcomed

Over €375,000 has been made available for repairs and improvement works on non-public roads in rural Roscommon, as part of the Government’s ‘Our Rural Future’ programme.

The funding is part of nationwide funding of €10.5 million recently announced by Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys.

Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan welcomed the announcement earlier this week.

“This is great news for local communities in Co. Roscommon as the funding announced under the Local Improvement Scheme will improve access to rural homes and farms, as well as outdoor amenities such as lakes and rivers.

“The focus of the scheme is to support the continued improvement of rural roads and laneways in Co. Roscommon that are not normally maintained by local authorities, but which represent a vital piece of infrastructure for rural residents,” she said.

Local Independent TD Denis Naughten said the funding was part of €1.25 million announced for Counties Roscommon and Galway.

“Roscommon-Galway has received a significant share of the nationwide funding allocated for repairs to private/non-public roads since I helped secure the reintroduction of the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) during the last Government.

“The upgrading work will start immediately, and this will have a significant practical impact on the ground for people across Roscommon and Galway,” Deputy Naughten said.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy said the funding represented a 5% increase from 2020.

He urged both Roscommon and Galway County Councils to complete repair works as soon as possible.