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Disappointing Road Spending Increase Locally

By January 24, 2017No Comments

Today Minister Shane Ross announced 324 million Euro expenditure on regional and local roads for 2017 but although the press release claims a 9% increase on the 2016 figure, the increases in Galway and Roscommon are not near that figure.

The 2016 figure for Galway was 18.5 million Euro and this year a total of 19,574,451 will be spent which is an increase of about 5%. In Roscommon the 2016 the figures was 11.299,000 and the 2017 figure is 11,734,000 which is a rise of just over 4%. The rise of 9% may be happening on the East Coast or elsewhere but it is not happeing in this region.

I would point out that in 2007 the allocation for county Galway alone was 32 million Euro which gives an indication of just how far down we have slipped in terms of investment in our local and regional roads. This is another case of a Government department pulling the wool over the eyes of the people. We need to do far more to bring our roads up to an acceptable standard and unless there is an huge increase in investment into the future then the roads infrastructure in rural areas will simply fall apart