Dáil Éireann - Volume 522 - 29 June, 2000

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

186. Mr. Crawford asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government his views on the need for increased funding towards regional and county roads for 2000 in light of increased tax receipts especially from the sale of new cars; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19024/00]

Minister for the Environment and Local Government (Mr. Dempsey): Funding for non-national roads has increased significantly in recent years from £174.8 million in 1997 to £263.74 million in 2000 – an increase of 51%.

I am satisfied that this increased level of central funding which is mainly from the local Government fund motor tax receipts, supplemented by local authorities' own resources, is providing for the ongoing and special needs of local authorities in relation to the non-national road network and for the systematic and accelerated improvement of this network.