Coonan Welcomes NT Road Allocation

Noel Coonan TD has welcomed an allocation of almost €4million towards the restoration of roads in North Tipperary. Alongside this, a €72,727 Drainage Grant has been ringfenced for the constituency. “Of the €3,990,918 allocated under the restoration improvement scheme, North Tipperary County Council can transfer €1,197,275 of this money to the Discretionary Grant. This will allow the local authority considerably more freedom in how they spend their roads grants and allow them to focus on monies on emergency repairs,” explained Deputy Coonan.

Noel Coonan TD has welcomed an allocation of almost €4million towards the restoration of roads in North Tipperary. Alongside this, a €72,727 Drainage Grant has been ringfenced for the constituency.

“Of the €3,990,918 allocated under the restoration improvement scheme, North Tipperary County Council can transfer €1,197,275 of this money to the Discretionary Grant. This will allow the local authority considerably more freedom in how they spend their roads grants and allow them to focus on monies on emergency repairs,” explained Deputy Coonan.

“There is no longer a requirement that a minimum of 90% of works in the Restoration Improvement category must be road reconstruction. This means County Councils have the flexibility to undertake more surface restoration work.

Deputy Coonan continued: “The Minister has met with delegates from a number of local authorities who have asked for greater flexibility in how they can spend their road funding. That’s why the Government is giving permission to local authorities to re-allocate €42 million from the existing Restoration Improvement Grant for other uses, such as pothole repairs and repairs to road surfaces,” continued Deputy Coonan.

“The issue of poor drainage has consistently been highlighted as an issue in the degradation of local roads in particular. Minister Varadkar has created a fund of €2.7m that can be used specifically to improve road drainage, clear remove surface water, repair the road surface and remove potholes and to address existing road drainage problem areas. In North Tipperary we have received a €72,727 Drainage Grant.”