€273,000 in funding for Local Improvement Schemes in Offaly
€273,000 in funding has been allocated for Local Improvement Schemes in Offaly according to Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy.
The funding will allow for the repair and improvement of small roads and laneways leading to local people’s homes and businesses that are not under the normal maintenance of the Local Authorities.
The Offaly TD commented, “I am delighted to announce that €273,000 in funding has been secured for Local Improvement Schemes here in Offaly. I have been in constant communication with my Ministerial colleagues on the importance of the Local Improvement Scheme for people who live in rural Ireland.
Deputy Corcoran Kennedy said the Government hadn’t been in a position to adequately fund the LIS scheme for the last number of years, but had made a commitment in the Programme for a Partnership Government that we would reinstate the scheme.
“I am delighted to now be in a positon to honour that commitment. The scheme will be funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and will be delivered through the Local Authority. For people who live in rural areas like Offaly, road connectivity is hugely important," she remarked
“The ability of people to access their own premises, a farmyard or a neighbour's house is compromised when roads are in a bad state of repair. For emergency services, too, bad road surfaces can lead to delays in accessing sites and can damage their vehicles. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar along with Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring have announced the Government is providing a total of €10 million to fund this scheme across the country," she added.
The Offaly TD noted it would be combined with a small contribution from householders (10-15% of total costs) and Local Authorities, and will allow for the maintenance and improvement of many local roads all over Ireland.
“The re-introduction of the LIS is an important part of the delivery of the Government's Action Plan for Rural Development. One of the Pillars of the Action Plan focuses on improving rural infrastructure and connectivity.
“The Government's vision for rural Ireland is very simple when it comes down to it – We want rural Ireland to be a better place in which to live and work by creating new opportunities, improving connectivity between rural and urban areas, and by protecting and enhancing services in the community.
“We want to offer the opportunity for young people to have access to good-quality jobs so that they can continue to live in rural Ireland if they so choose. And the Action Plan for Rural Development provides the framework to achieve this,” she concluded.