Government pressed for funding for ‘exceptional road damage’ in Offaly

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment and Local Government and Laois/Offaly Fianna Fail TD Barry Cowen is calling on the Government to respond ‘quickly and positively’ to a request from Offaly County Council for extra funding to deal with the damaged caused to roads during the exceptional weather conditions in recent weeks.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment and Local Government and Laois/Offaly Fianna Fail TD Barry Cowen is calling on the Government to respond ‘quickly and positively’ to a request from Offaly County Council for extra funding to deal with the damaged caused to roads during the exceptional weather conditions in recent weeks.

Offaly County Council has compiled a detailed submission for the Department of Environment at Deputy Cowen’s urging. It sets out a request for up to €500,000 in additional financial support.

Deputy Cowen said, “There is clear case for Offaly County Council to receive special funding due to the exceptional nature of the weather and the damaged caused to roads in the county as a result. Up to 40% of the road network in the county is built on a peat foundation which makes the roads more susceptible to the extreme conditions of recent weeks.

Offaly County Council has furnished Deputy Cowen with a copy of the submission made to the Environment Minister and he says he will be pressing Phil Hogan to respond positively.

“There are roads in the county that have been badly damaged by the flood water. Seepage has led to an increase in potholes and dislodged debris has been causing problems for motorists. We need to ensure the roads are of a safe standard for drivers and cyclists,” Deputy Cowen concluded