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Roads funding for severe weather repairs - O Reilly

Friday, 19th February, 2016 11:26am

Roads funding for severe weather repairs - O Reilly

Cavan-Monaghan TD Joe O'Reilly announced the funding this morning.

Fine Gael TD for Cavan-Monaghan Joe O'Reilly says that Cavan roads are to receive €2.6m under a severe weather allocation fund.

"I have been working to ensure that roads in Cavan receive the funds needed to repair the damage caused by severe flooding and winter storms," said the Bailieborough man.

"So, the announcement by the Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe that Cavan roads are going to receive €2.6M under a severe weather allocation fund will no doubt be welcomed by local road-users.

"This winter’s storms have resulted in massive damage to local and secondary roads, as well as bridges, across Cavan. The repair works will improve accessibility for local residents, farmers and businesses and will make life easier for everyone.

"The total fund available is worth €106M nationally and €85M is being made available immediately to local authorities to start the work. 

"Minister Donohoe is confident that the funding allocations will be sufficient to repair all of the damage caused to local and regional roads during the floods and storms and, crucially, will also allow for significant preventative works to be carried out to protect against further damage in the future.

"It is thanks to our recovering economy that we can make these kinds of investments in our road network. It is good for tourism, increases efficiencies for businesses and benefits the local people in Cavan who use the roads on a daily basis.

"Fine Gael has a long term economic plan designed to keep the recovery going which will ensure we can continue to make these kinds of investments. The plan has three steps: more and better jobs, making work pay more than welfare, and investment in better public services, which will only be possible as a result of the increased revenue generated by creating more jobs," he said.

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