Minister needs to provide a supplementary budget to deal with Storm Emma damage caused on our roads – Troy
Fianna Fail Spokesperson for Transport, Robert Troy has said that the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross must give every assurance to Local Authorities nationwide that a supplementary budget will be made available to repair roads in their regions following extreme weather this week.
Troy commented, “The weather which communities across Ireland have endured in recent days has not been experienced in many, many years.
“Snow and ice are arguably the worst conditions for causing extensive damage to roads due to the freeze-thaw process and these freezing conditions will have exacerbated existing problems. For instance cracks will become potholes under the pressure from vehicles.
“The Minister needs to reassure local authorities that a supplementary budget will be made available to them to ensure roads are repaired and not cause pothole damage to cars.
Earlier this year the Dail unanimously accepted a Fianna Fail motion calling for an increase in investment on local and regional roads. This is even more urgent now given the weather and the Minister needs to secure funding as a priority.
He concluded, “Long-term and preventative road maintenance is ultimately the only way to properly withstand these kinds of conditions again in the future.”