Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

22nd November 2019


Breathnach raises poor quality of rural roads in Dáil



Fianna Fáil TD Declan Breathnach spoke in the Dáil about the poor quality of rural roads in Louth and how they created a huge public safety issue. Breathnach asked Minister of State Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government John Paul Phelan if the Government will increase funding to repair and improve rural roads.


Breathnach commented “This is about people living on or near rural roads or class three roads. The State has a responsibility to serve people from every part of the Country, yet the people living on third class roads are being treated as third class citizens. The Government promised to increase funding for rural roads in their Programme for Government but we need to see real progress on this.”


Minister Phelan noted there were two schemes for road improvements, the Local Improvement Scheme and the Community Involvement Scheme. Breathnach said residents should not have to rely on these schemes for safe roads and he called on the Government for increased funding to improve rural roads.


“It is a huge public safety concern for people who are living on these dangerous roads that have not been maintained for years with large cracks and potholes forming. The Minister confirmed to me that funding will be increased and this needs to happen as soon as possible before more lives are put at risk on these roads.”



Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)
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