Extra funding for county road repairs not to come from this year’s budget

Minister of State Alan Kelly has said that additional funding secured for work on South Tipperary roads will not have to come from the 2013 budget.

Minister of State Alan Kelly has said that additional funding secured for work on South Tipperary roads will not have to come from the 2013 budget.

Following a deputation to the Minister in September about the poor state of roads in the county, additional funding of €837,542 was secured for repairs.

The additional funding was provisionally secured for 2012 but would have to come out of 2013 budget.

“Working with the Department, I successfully secured €837,542 specifically for some very poor roads destroyed by last year’s floods.

“While at the time, it was agreed that this funding would be cut from the 2013 budget, I am delighted to confirm that this will no longer be the case and that South Tipp’s road funding will be restored to its 2013 level and much hard work by the staff of South Tipperary County Council has paid off. The road situation is still not satisfactory but this will go a long way towards alleviating some of the worst problems.

“While there is still a lot of work to be done on South Tipperary roads and we do not have as much money as we would like because of the disastrous economic situation Fianna Fail put the country in, nonetheless I will continue to work to ensure that both North and South Tipperary will benefit to the maximum possible. There is no doubt the road network requires continued investment in the years ahead,” concluded Minister Kelly.