Tuesday, 9 November 2004
Dáil Eireann Debate
378. Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he has received an application from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for funding to carry out an improvement scheme on the Rathsallagh access road from Shanganagh Road; if he has given consideration to the application; if he will fund the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27800/04]
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Roche): The prioritisation of non-national road improvements in their area is a matter for consideration by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on the basis of funding from their own resources supplemented by State grants.
In August this year, my Department sought applications from local authorities for funding under the 2005 EU co-financed specific improvements grant scheme. The application submitted by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council did not include improvement of the Rathsallagh access road. Local authorities may also use their discretionary improvement grant allocations from my Department to fund eligible road improvement schemes. In 2004, the total discretionary improvement grant allocation to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is €322,000. The selection of works to be funded from this allocation is a matter for the council.
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