Disbandment of NRA sought

THE National Roads Authority (NRA) needs to be 'phased out' according to Tullamore based Fine Gael Councillor Tommy McKeigue.

THE National Roads Authority (NRA) needs to be 'phased out' according to Tullamore based Fine Gael Councillor Tommy McKeigue.

At the December meeting of Offaly County Council, he called on the Minister for the Environment to revert to direct funding for council's from the Government and not through the NRA, now that most of the major roads are complete.

He said the NRA had done " a wonderful job on major routes" but he couldn't see why the council "can't go back to where we were and get out funding direct."

Cllr McKeigue stressed that different counties have different structures and Offaly doesn't fare well as a result. The NRA had stopped local people coming up through the council, such as engineers.

He also condemned the fact that there would be no school work experience students this summer. "Local authorities should be used as a catalyst to stimulate the economy. There are too many agencies digging into funding that should be coming direct," concluded Cllr McKeigue.