Clare Councillors Back Call For Increased Funding For Rural Roads

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It’s claimed some rural roads in Clare haven’t been tarred in more than 30 years and are in dire need of repair as a result.

It comes as Fianna Fáil piles pressure on the Transport Minister to allocate an additional €163 million for the maintenance of the roads network ahead of the publication of the National Development Plan.


This Friday will see the launch of the much-hyped National Development Plan – a €115 billion capital spending plan, which sets out key spending areas for the next decade.

Ahead of that, Fianna Fáil is urging the government to use the opportunity to allocate an additional €163 million to the roads budget.

The Dáil will debate the motion later.

Spanish Point Fianna Fáil Councillor Michael Hillery believes parts of this county have been neglected for decades – and funding needs to be increased.

Concern is also being raised about the state of Clare’s roads following months of inclement weather conditions.

Heavy rain and persistent floods have compounded the issues experienced in many areas.

Meanwhile, it was revealed in recent months that €150 million would be needed in Clare alone to bring our roads back up to the pre-recession standards.

Bodyke Fine Gael Councillor Joe Cooney believes this call for an injection of funds is welcome but could be extended further.