No agreement reached on the allocation of Cavan roads funding for 2017

Cavan County Councillors have failed to reach an agreement on the allocation of roads funding for 2017.

The overall allocation for regional and local roads in Cavan for 2017 is just over €9m (€9, 117, 182) which is a 7.9 percent increase on the 2016 allocation, the first increase since 2009.

Discussing the issue in Monday’s Cavan County Council meeting, the increase was welcomed however councillors stated that it is still not enough for the upkeep of local roads.

A particular area of contention amongst council members was the absence of Local Improvement Scheme funding which goes towards private lanes in rural areas which are not serviced by the local authority.

The proposed Road Works Programme could not be agreed upon and has been tabled for the next meeting.

Fianna Fail Councillor John Paul Feeley says that in the allocation, the government have shown a complete disregard for people in rural areas: