The economy of South Tipperary will receive a €1.8 million boost under the jobs initiative through an intensive road repair scheme.
This is the third-highest funding for road repair under the initiative, according to Minister in the Dept. of Transport, Alan Kelly, who helped to ensure that Tipperary is receiving one of the highest portions of road repair funding under the initiative.
The injection of funds could generate in the region of 20 jobs in South Tipperary.
“This money will go to improving the state of our roads but more importantly will get people back to work. It is not a full solution but is a small and welcome step towards recovery,” said Minister Kelly.
The news was also welcomed by Carrick on Suir Labour Senator, Denis Landy, who looks forward to working in Government to ensure that South Tipperary benefits from whatever funding is available.
While it will be a decision of the local authority which areas to target, Minister Kelly will be highlighting certain roads that should be a priority, in a letter to the authority.
“I know from the canvassing during the election that some of our roads are in a diabolical state,” added Minister Kelly. The €1.8 million is on top of the planned €4.8 million to be spent repairing South Tipperary roads this year bringing the total to nearly €6.7 million. Tipperary will receive the third highest road repair funding in the country coming in just behind Cork and Donegal.