Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

12th September, 2018

Ross needs to implement will of Dáil and publish roadmap for improving regional and local road networks – Breathnach

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach has called on Minister Shane Ross to publish his Department’s plan to address the shocking state of Ireland’s regional and local road network.

Deputy Breathnach was commenting six months after Dáil Éireann passed a Fianna Fáil motion which specifically set out the requirement for such a plan. At that time Minister Ross explicitly stated that he had accepted the Fianna Fáil motion and that the Government were not opposing it because they recognised the difficulties.

“This was a common sense proposal, and it was supported by a majority of the members of Dáil Éireann. Unfortunately, more than six months have passed since its passage, and we have not heard a dicky bird from the Government. As Minister Ross is undoubtedly aware, ignoring the will of the Dáil in such a manner violates Article 48 of the Bunreacht na hÉireann, which requires that Ministers remain accountable to the Dáil.

“The reality on the ground for citizens is that poorly paved roads are unsafe roads and increase the likelihood of collisions and other traffic incidents. Further to that, local and regional roads provide vital connections between communities all over Ireland and are vital to our social and economic wellbeing.

“I have pointed out to the Minister in my recent communication that Louth County Council was told that its maintenance grant was going to be cut by 30% and that that would result in an 18% reduction in road works. I also referred to the fact that taxpayers pay their motor taxes and their property taxes, yet their roads are in a disgraceful state.

“Minister Ross must move to immediately publish an update on his work to bring Ireland’s regional and local road network up to an acceptable condition. This is his job, and he must get on with it,” concluded Breathnach.

Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)

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