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Keaveney defends road funding 28.01.08

THERE has been a drop in the level of funding awarded to Donegal County Council this year under the National Roads Programme.
A total of €20.5 million has been allocated representing a reduction of €12m on last year and €19m compared to 2006. A local delegation who lobbied the National Roads Authority last year estimated that around €38m was needed to bring Donegal's roads up to scratch this year.
But Moville-based Senator Cecilia Keaveney defended the allocation and said while it appeared Inishowen was left out, this was because the peninsula had just one small stretch of national road. The allocation includes Moness, Burt and Veagh, Manorcunningham to receive €14,000 and €15,000 respectively to improve safety while the Burt House and Newtown to Drumbarnett Design will receive €310,000 and €100,000 respectively, to facilitate pavement and minor improvements. The N15 Ballybofey / Stranolar bypass will be Senator Cecilia Keaveney
among eight projects throughout Ireland to move into the Compulsory Purchase Order stage this year.
“The 2008 allocations to the national roads may seem small or ignore roads in Inishowen but it must be remembered that this is funding specifically for national primary and secondary roads of which we only have a small mileage from Bridgend through to Manorcunningham," said Senator Keaveney.
"The design work included is vital and shows a continued commitment by the Government to invest in the much needed programme to upgrade the national roads network.
"I have seen first hand the immediate positive impact the national roads programme is having on villages and towns particularly in my own county. Not only does it provide funding to build safer roads, but it adds significant value to the business and tourism industries," she added.
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