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Rural roads in Laois get funding for improvements

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Laois has received one of the lowest allocations for road improvements out of a funding pot of almost €11 million.

The county will receive a total of €264,000 for nine roads projects in the county.

The funding is the lower that other midlands counties  Offaly (€290,765) and Westmeath (€282,000) but slightly higher than Longford (€250,000).

Neighbouring Carlow will receive €250,000 for 15 projects while Kilkenny fares better, receiving €315,000 for 8 roads.

The list of 435 roads to get funding from the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) was published by Rural Affairs Minister Michael Ring today.

The LIS is a scheme for carrying out improvements on private and on-publicly maintained roads.

The scheme was introduced only last September after a gap of eight years, during which time many rural roads and laneways have deteriorated.

Under the Programme for Local Government, agreed by Fine Gael and independents, a commitment was given to reinstate the fund, which had been shelved during the recession.

The following are the roads included for works:

Derrykearn, Portlaoise – length of road 580 metres, €46381.17

Trumera, Mountrath – 320 metres, €18,092

Arles Community Car Park/Graveyard – 100 metres, €26,055

Bondra, Colt, 100 metres, €11,025

Kilmurry, Killeen, Ballythomas, 590 metres, €77,954

Tinnahinch, Clonaslee, 400 metres, €27,384

Ballyclider, 200 metres, €20,025

Capponellan, Durrow, 500 metres, €25,500

Salt House/Pond Lane, Mountmellick, 230 metres, €11,730

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