€351k has been allocated for repair and improvement works on non-public roads in rural communities in County Louth, with funding being provided through the Local improvement Scheme 2022.
Deputy Fergus O’Dowd has welcomed the announcement from the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, of a total allocation of €11 million for projects across the country. The funding represents an increase nationally of €500,000 on the initial 2021 allocation, with Louth receiving over €80k more than 2021s allocation.
“Over €90 million has now been allocated to local authorities under the Local Improvement Scheme since it was re-introduced 2017
O’Dowd said: “The Local Improvement Scheme will improve access to rural homes and farms, as well as outdoor amenities such as lakes, rivers, mountains and beaches.
“The scheme focuses on supporting improvements of rural roads and laneways in Louth that are not normally maintained by Louth County Council.”
Speaking as she announced the allocation, Minister Humphreys said:
“I’m pleased to announce €11 million in funding which will improve hundreds of our rural roads and laneways across the country.
Local connectivity is vital for rural communities. Our Rural Future clearly recognises this. The Local Improvement Scheme is an important source of funding for small non-public roads and laneways leading to homes and farms or to amenities such as lakes, rivers and beaches.
Since the scheme was reintroduced in 2017, over, 3,000 roads have been funded for repair works. This has made a real difference to the lives of over 13,000 landowners and residents in rural Ireland.
I acknowledge that strong demand for this funding remains across the country. In some counties, local authorities have significant levels of applications on hand. My priority is to continue to fund the works on roads leading to agricultural holdings given their importance for farm families and our agriculture sector.
“I would urge each local authority to utilise the funding announced today, and complete the repair works on the selected roads as soon as possible.