Dáil Éireann - Volume 484 - 09 December, 1997
Written Answers. - Roads Funding.
Mr. Kenny Mr. Kenny
263. Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government if he will allocate a grant for the regional road through Spencer Street, Castlebar, County Mayo which would allow for the undergrounding of the ESB network and for the proper development of the street; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22136/97]
Minister for the Environment and Local Government (Mr. Dempsey) Noel Dempsey
Minister for the Environment and Local Government (Mr. Dempsey): The maintenance-improvement of non-national roads, including regional roads is a matter for local authorities, to be funded from their resources, supplemented by State grants.
 My Department makes grants for non-national roads available to local authorities in various categories, covering different types of works, mainly discretionary grants and EU co-financed grants. The type of works referred to by the Deputy could be assisted from the discretionary grants. The selection and prioritisation of works to be grant-aided from the discretionary grants is a matter for the local authority concerned.
Apart from the funds available for the grants referred to above there are no funds at the disposal of my Department from which a special grant could be made available to Mayo County Council for the works in question.
Dáil Éireann 484 Written Answers. Roads Funding.