14. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the measures he will take to ensure the up keep of the State’s road network to maintain safety and quality conditions in view of cutbacks in Budget 2013. (Question 57237/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Roads Maintenance)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Alan Kelly) (Deputy Alan Kelly): This Question concerns the maintenance and upkeep of the roads network.
The Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport has responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Specifically, the improvement and maintenance of individual national roads is a matter for the National Roads Authority (NRA) under sections 17 and 19 of the Roads Acts 1993 (as am...

345. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount spent by the National Roads Authority on the M50 for the years 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012 on grass cutting, litter picking, road markings, road maintenance and so on; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 57438/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Roads Maintenance)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects is a matter for the National Roads Authority (NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2007 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.  
Within its capital budget, the assessment and prioritisation of individual projects...

368. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent to which his Department continues to identify accident black spots on local, regional or national routes; the extent to which he expects to provide funds to alleviate such problems in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 57662/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Roads Maintenance)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is a statutory function of each road authority in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993.  The carrying out of works on these roads is a matter for the relevant local authority to be funded from its own resources supplemented by State road grants.  Local authorities were allocated over €6million this year for works under the Low Cost Safety Impr...

537. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the necessary funds to finish a road resurfacing project (details supplied) in County Kerry will be included in Budget 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55634/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - Roads Maintenance)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in its area, is a statutory function of each road authority in accordance with the provisions of section 13 of the Roads Act, 1993.  Works on such roads are a matter, in the first instance, for the relevant local authority to be funded from its own resources supplemented by State road grants.
Circulars, relating to regional and local roads, have been issued to all local au...

548. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide details of applications for funding made to his Department (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55501/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - Roads Maintenance)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in its area, is a statutory function of each road authority in accordance with the provisions of section 13 of the Roads Act, 1993.  Works on such roads are a matter, in the first instance, for the relevant local authority to be funded from its own resources supplemented by State road grants. The National Roads Authority (NRA) issued a circular earlier this year to all lo...

550. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide the list of locations for which funding was supplied from his Department by an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55538/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - Roads Maintenance)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The National Roads Authority (NRA) issued a circular earlier this year to all local authorities inviting applications for consideration for supplementary grant funding in 2013 under various headings.  All applications are being considered currently and will be assessed having regard to the eligibility criteria, the need to prioritise projects, competing demands from other local authorities and the reduced funding available in 2013....

656. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide bridge replacement funding for non-national roads in 2013 and in particular for the replacement of Fintra Bridge on the R263 in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50939/12 asked on 20 Nov 2012 - Roads Maintenance)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in its area, is a statutory function of each road authority in accordance with the provisions of section 13 of the Roads Act, 1993.  Works on such roads are a matter for the relevant local authority to be funded from its own resources supplemented by State road grants.
Earlier this year, the National Roads Authority (NRA) invited applications for consideration for funding ...

1202. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide the National Roads Authority roads maintenance budget for the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47550/12 asked on 06 Nov 2012 - Road Maintenance)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar)(Deputy Leo Varadkar): Each year the funding provided to the local authorities through the National Roads Authority under the roads budgets are outlined in the road grant allocation booklets, copies of which are available in the Dáil library.
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222. Deputy Jim Daly asked the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport his views regarding the condition of hedges and verges across rural Ireland; if he will consider strengthening the current policy that exists to address this issue; if he will ensure that maintenance is enforced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44010/12 asked on 11 Oct 2012 - Road Maintenance)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from local authorities own resources supplemented by State road grants. The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the local authority. 
Also under Section 70 of the Roads Ac...

697. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport his plans for the reinstatement of the local improvement scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42713/12 asked on 09 Oct 2012 - Road Maintenance)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Local Improvements Scheme provides funding for private roads and the maintenance and improvement of these roads is, in the first instance, a matter for the relevant landowner. The feasibility of providing funding to assist with maintenance of private roads will be reviewed in the context of the monies available under the 2013 grant allocations for regional and local roads.
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701. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport if he will provide an update on the progress of the N2-N3 Link Road project with a projection for when these works will conclude; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42828/12 asked on 09 Oct 2012 - Road Maintenance)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in its area, is a statutory function of each road authority in accordance with the provisions of section 13 of the Roads Act, 1993.  Works on such roads are a matter for the relevant local authority to be funded from its own resources supplemented by State road grants. I understand that this scheme is approximately 70% complete and is on track to open in Quarter 1/Quarter...