Emergency funding needed for Longford road repairs

Damage caused by recent storms

Jessica Thompson

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Jessica Thompson

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Cllr Mark Casey

Cllr Mark Casey (Ind)

More funding is urgently needed to repair road damage caused by recent storms, according to Cllr Mark Casey.

Speaking at last week's meeting of Longford County Council, Cllr Casey first acknowledged the extra funding from Minister for Transport Shane Ross.

“He doubled our money for the roads. It’s absolutely great to see an independent minister looking after areas like Longford,” he said.

However, he added, further funding is needed for secondary roads that were damaged by the recent spate of storms.

“We should see if we can get additional funding for those types of roads and maybe do a survey and see how many there are and how much it would cost to do this.”

His fellow Independent councillor Gerry Warnock agreed wholeheartedly with his proposal.

“It’s something you can’t legislate for at budget time with the local authority, particularly with the spate of storms we’ve had over the last couple of months,” he said.

“I’d like to welcome the announcement by TII to effectively double our annual allocation.”