A €264,000 boost has been confirmed for improvement works on non-public rural roads across Laois.
The funding has been secured for Local Improvement Schemes in County Laois, according to Justice & Equality Minister, Charlie Flanagan. The Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) is aimed at supporting the improvement of non-public rural roads.
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.
“I am delighted that €264,000 in funding has been secured for Local Improvement Schemes here in Laois servicing over 1,719 km of our rural roads,” Minister Flanagan said.
“We in Fine Gael know just how the important of the Local Improvement Scheme for people who live in rural Ireland.
“These roads provide vital access to homes and farms as well as amenities such as lakes, rivers or the sea.
“The Department of Rural and Community Development will provide up to 90% of the funding through the Local Authorities, with the remaining contribution coming from local residents, or local authorities in the case of roads leading to public amenities,” Minister Flanagan said.
“Local Authorities will be informed of allocation today and will be asked to revert with details of their improvement projects to the Department of Rural and Community Development by the 23rd of March,” Minister Flanagan said.
“The upkeep of these roads is a priority for people who live in rural Ireland and this funding, will allow for the maintenance and improvement of many more local roads,” Minister Flanagan concluded.