Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described the decision by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to cut its national roads improvement allocation to local authorities by €68.5 million as astonishing. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he raised the issue of funding with outgoing Minister for Transport Pascal Donohue through a Parliamentary Question:
“I think if you told most motorists that TII are going to cut the allocation to improve our national primary and secondary roads by almost seventy million they would look at you in amazement.
Given that the funding in 2015 to local authorities by the TII was €208.2 million and that this year it is down to €139.7 it is simply incomprehensible given the damage that we know exists and the scale of work that needs to be done.
This is to say nothing of the further €6 million cut to the altogether separate roads maintenance allocation by the TII to local authorities.
That is down from €28.2 million in 2015 to just €20.2 this year.
In the aftermath of the enormous damage caused by the floods and the ongoing issues with drainage in so many of our national routes this simply beggars belief.
I will be requesting the new Minister for Transport Shane Ross to seek immediate clarification from Transport Infrastructure Ireland as to the reasons why the cuts are so deep this year after a period of relative stability in allocation amounts to local authorities,” concluded Deputy McGrath.