Donegal is to receive €697,456 for funding for repairs for its roads and laneways.
It is the third-highest allocation in the country.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, today welcomed the funding announcement for repairs and improvement works on non-public roads in Donegal.
The funding announcement was made by Minister Humphrey’s T.D. and allocated by the Department of Rural and Community Development.
The funding, announced under the Local Improvement Scheme, will improve access to rural homes and farms, as well as outdoor amenities such as lakes, rivers, mountains and beaches.
The focus of the scheme is to support the continued improvement of rural roads and laneways that are not normally maintained by local authorities but which represent a vital piece of infrastructure for rural residents.
Local Authorities are responsible for identifying and prioritising roads for improvement works under the scheme, in consultation with residents/landowners.
The funding provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development will be complemented by a local financial contribution from landowners/householders, as well as Local Authority resources.
There will be a cap of €1,200 on the amount that any individual householder or landowner will be asked to contribute towards the cost of repairs to their road.
Minister McConalogue commented “This funding announcement for Donegal is an example of our Government’s continued commitment in rural life and communities.
“Donegal received the third highest allocation of funding for 2021 which compliments the necessity of local infrastructure to life, business and tourism in Donegal. Commitment to helping rural life is one of my core objectives in politics and one which I will continue to press while at the cabinet table.
“I thank my Cabinet colleague Minister Humphreys for this allocation.”
Deputy Joe McHugh said: “This is great news for local communities here in Donegal, as the funding announced under the Local Improvement Scheme will improve access to rural homes and farms, as well as outdoor amenities such as lakes, rivers, mountains and beaches.
“The focus of the scheme is to support the continued improvement of rural roads and laneways in our County that are not normally maintained by local authorities, but which represent a vital piece of infrastructure for rural residents.
“Since the scheme was re-introduced in 2017, almost 2,400 roads have been funded for repair works across the country. This has made a real difference to the lives of over 10,000 landowners and residents in rural Ireland,” concluded McHugh.