Updated: 25/01/17 : 07:29:06
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Sligo and Leitrim to receive €15m in Roads Grants

The announcement yesterday by Transport Minister Shane Ross confirmed a Regional and Road Grants Allocations for Sligo and Letrim of €15,232,375.

Mayor of Sligo Municipal District, Cllr Marie Casserly told Sligo Today that she has, since the Government was formed, being lobbying the minister, a fellow Independent Alliance member, on a weekly basis to have funds made available for road and bridge improvements.

Sligo County Council will now receive €8,457,172.

Cllr Casserly issued a breakdown of the Sligo allocation. See below.

Fine Gael TD for Sligo-Leitrim Tony McLoughlin said that along will the Sligo allocation Leitrim County Council is to receive €6,775,203.

“This is part of a €324 million national investment programme for regional and local roads in 2017 by the Government.  

“This funding allocation includes €300,000 for the Eastern Garavouge Bridge and €100,000 for Phase 2 of the Design Stage of the Western Distributor Road together with funding for 15 bridges and almost 20 regional roads in Sligo and Leitrim.

“This funding is for the local authority to maintain and strengthen our roads here in Sligo and Leitrim. It will also help to stimulate local job creation which is really important to local communities.

“Fine Gael in Government is determined to use our strong economy to benefit all areas of the country, and roads funding is just one example of this. The funding announced by the Government today constitutes a 9% increase on last year’s allocation, which is only possible as our economy continues to grow.

“Road safety is an important part of this announcement also. Nationally, funding of over €1.3 million will be allocated to local authorities to continue with the implementation of 30km/h speed limits in housing estates across Ireland.    In Sligo, specific funding of €150,000 has been also allocated to safety improvement works on roads. In Leitrim, funding of €245,000 has been allocated to safety improvement works on roads.

“This funding for roads in Sligo and Leitrim will make a big difference to people and businesses locally. This announcement comes in the same week as the Government launched its Action Plan for Rural Ireland which, with its 270 targeted actions, will help to deliver benefits to people and communities all across Sligo and Leitrim.