Third highest allocation in Country
€884,000 in funding has been secured for Local Improvement Schemes in Donegal, Minister Joe McHugh has confirmed this morning.
Minister Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has announced over €10 million in funding for Local Authorities under the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) to support the improvement of non-public rural roads in 2018.
The funding will allow for the repair and improvement of small roads and laneways leading to local people’s homes and businesses that are not under the normal maintenance of the Local Authorities.
Funding of over €3 million was allocated to Donegal in 2017.
Minister McHugh said: “I am delighted that €884,000 in funding has been secured for Local Improvement Schemes here in Donegal, servicing over 4,800km of our rural roads.
“We in Fine Gael know just how the important of the Local Improvement Scheme for people who live in rural Donegal. These roads provide vital access to homes and farms as well as amenities such as lakes, rivers or the ocean.
“The Department of Rural and Community Development will provide up to 90% of the funding through the Local Authorities, with the remaining contribution coming from local residents, or Local Authorities in the case of roads leading to public amenities.
“Local Authorities will be informed of allocation today and will be asked to revert with details of their improvement projects to the Department of Rural and Community Development by the 23rd of March,” said Minister McHugh.
Minister Ring said: “The upkeep of these roads is a priority for people who live in rural Ireland and this funding, in conjunction with the local community’s own resources and the resources of the local authorities will allow for the maintenance and improvement of many more local roads.
““I cannot overstate how important local connectivity is in order to enable rural Ireland to function well. The Action Plan for Rural Development prioritises improving rural infrastructure and connectivity and continuing to support an LIS scheme is just one of the measures we are taking in that regard.
“On that note, I am delighted to see that in the recently announced Capital Plan in Project Ireland 2040, €4.5 billion has been allocated for the maintenance and improvement of local and regional roads.
“Project Ireland 2040 also contains €1 billion extra funding for investment in rural communities through the Department of Rural and Community Development.
“This Rural Regeneration Fund will lead to significant investment in rural towns, villages and townlands, meaning greater connectivity and enhanced amenities for rural communities.”
Notes to Editors:
See amounts received by Local Authorities. LAs to be informed of allocation today and will be asked to revert with list of projects by 23rd March.
LIS 2018: County Allocations County Area (km²) Indicative Allocation Carlow 896
€ 250,000 Cavan 1,931
€ 295,000 Clare 3,147
€ 482,000 Cork 7,457
€ 1,000,000 Donegal 4,841
€ 884,000 Galway 6,148
€ 942,000 Kerry 4,746
€ 727,000 Kildare 1,695
€ 250,000 Kilkenny 2,061
€ 315,000 Laois 1,719
€ 264,000 Leitrim 1,588
€ 250,000 Limerick 2,686
€ 411,000 Longford 1,091
€ 250,000 Louth 820
€ 250,000 Mayo 5,585
€ 855,000 Meath 2,342
€ 359,000 Monaghan 1,294
€ 250,000 Offaly 2,000
€ 290,765 Roscommon 2,547
€ 370,290 Sligo 1,836
€ 282,000 Tipperary 4,303
€ 625,582 Waterford 1,837
€ 282,000 Westmeath 1,838
€ 282,000 Wexford 2,352
€ 360,000 Wicklow 2,024
€ 310,000 Total 68,784
Posted: 11:32 am February 27, 2018