U-turn needed on 'savage' main roads budget cut
Plans by Transport Infrastructure Ireland to cut the main roads budget by 15 per cent next year were described as unacceptable.
Cllr Fionntáin Ó Suilleabháin said there was an agreement that the local authority would be refunded for subsidising the roads budget with its own funds, but this has never happened. 'If the minister was willing to go to North Korea surely he can come to Wexford to see our roads. It's not really good enough. We all have problems with our roads network.'
Director of Services for Roads Eamonn Hore said: 'There is no doubt we have been badly treated.'
He said a slight funding increase is expected for the county next year for minor non-national roads and the cut of around €60,000 only applies to national roads. 'We have been doing really well on the national roads front.'
Cllr Michael Sheehan said funding is required to erect street lights along the ring road in New Ross at the N25. Describing the planned 15 per cent cut as 'savage' he said the shortfall will have to be picked up by Wexford County Council. 'It's so unfair; they should be giving us 15 per cent more,' Cllr Robbie Ireton said. 'Or is this a tactic by the minister so local councillors can be complaining about potholes so it will be a potholes election next time around. That's the only logic I can see.'
Cllr Ger Carthy said some councils have obtained an increase in their roads budget.